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Repo man takes San Jose mom's car with 2-year-old in back seat

Isabel Leuvano was late with her car payment.

On Tuesday night, the repo man came.

Trouble was, when he snatched back her 2000 Honda Accord, her 2-year-old son, Cyrus Lopez, was repossessed, too. He was asleep in the back seat.

Frantic, Leuvano called 911. She thought the car — and her child — had been stolen right before her eyes as she stepped outside to pick up her 6-year-old daughter.

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_14181997?source=rss&nclick_check=1

How would you feel?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:22 PM on Jan. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (39)
  • I know times are tough, but you need to make your payments. Plus, take the child with you.


    so if you don't make your car payment they are justified in taking your CHILD? and why should she hold a sleeping baby outside in the cold? take the baby with her WHERE? she was standing OUTSIDE HER CAR.

    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 9:31 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • She shouldn't have left her baby alone in a car that long. It takes more than a few minutes to hook a car up to a tow truck and pull it away.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:25 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Why was her 2 year old left alone and asleep in the car??
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:25 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Obviously mom was not in view of the car if the repo guy had time to hook up and drive away without hrr seeing it happen. I hope she is charged with child endangerment.
    goaliemom93

    Answer by goaliemom93 at 8:30 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • It takes less than minute for a professional repo man to hook up a car. My SO repos cars.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:30 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • Tuesday, Leuvano said she had dinner, got her hair cut, and about 7 p.m., was picking up her daughter, Alyssa Garcia, from her father's house on Park Avenue at Hedding Street. She parked in the driveway, and waited for her 6-year-old to come outside. She was waiting outside the car, engine on, and with a sleeping Cyrus in the back seat.


    Suddenly, a man jumped in her Honda and took off. Leuvano said it happened so fast, she had no idea what was happening, and she didn't get a look at the driver. But she went into full panic mode before about a dozen officers, including from the Santa Clara Police Department, arrived.


    It doesn't sound like the mother was being negligent.  She was waiting beside the car. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:33 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • I know times are tough, but you need to make your payments. Plus, take the child with you. Did they bring the kid back?
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:34 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • EEP! I'd think the car was being stolen too! I can see how that could happen. Must have been really scary.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 8:34 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • so if you don't make your car payment they are justified in taking your CHILD?

    If you don't make your payment you are not justified in driving the vehicle or keeping anything in it, let alone a child. And this is something debtors are advised of repeatedly as soon a they go delinquent. It's the mother's fault for driving a vehicle that's up for repo and putting her child in the situation.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:42 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

  • I agree with NotPanicking. Why did she leave her child alone in the car. On the other side, the repo man should have at least looked in the car. That's not right. He should have seen the child and called the police. Then she could have been charged with abandoning her child and safely taken the car.


    On a side note, since the whole "Clunkers for Cars" campaign, my friends who are repos are busier than they have ever been. There was a reason people held on to those clunkers.

    AngelDawn7

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 9:45 PM on Jan. 13, 2010

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