Big Spring Woman Arrested For Leaving Child in Car

Staff Report
NewsWest 9/KBYG/Mike Henry  

BIG SPRING - A Big Spring woman was arrested over the weekend for leaving her one-year-old alone in a car while she went shopping.

According to Big Spring Police, 23-year-old Katherine Rios left her child in vehicle in the Wal-Mart Parking lot around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. A witness noticed the child alone and screaming. The windows were left rolled down about an inch.

The witness called police from her cell phone and an officer arrived at the scene. The
one-year-old continued to scream for its mother and was trying to crawl out of the cracked window.

The missing parent was called on the Wal-Mart Public Address System, when she finally arrived a half hour after leaving the child behind. Police were waiting for the Rios and she was charged with abandoning/endangering a child criminal negligence. The child was unharmed and handed over to relatives.