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Car Towed With 2 Kids Inside While Dad’s Carrying in Groceries?!

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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Car Towed With 2 Kids Inside While Dad’s Carrying in Groceries

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

car towedA father was recently arrested and charged with two counts of abandoning a child after he allegedly left his two young girls in his car while he loaded groceries into his home. Victor Ruiz reportedly parked his car in a no-parking zone outside of his Houston apartment while he ran the bags into his place, and while he was doing so, he supposedly asked neighbors to keep an eye on the car. However, while he was inside, a tow truck came and towed Ruiz's car away with the girls in it. According to the neighbors, the tow truck driver was told that there were kids in the car, yet he towed it anyway. And somehow, Ruiz is the only one in trouble. Fair of unjust?

For the record, I do not think it's okay to leave children in a car unattended. I have never done this with my daughter and probably would have handled the situation differently than Ruiz did. But, according to the report, Ruiz had asked neighbors to watch his children, and the tow truck driver was told there were kids in the car. Sade Jones, one of Ruiz's neighbors, said: "When [the driver] pulled into the apartments, he hurried up and hooked his thing on the car. I'm like, "Wait! There's kids in the car!" He snapped the picture and hurried up and sped off with these people's cars."

If this is an accurate description of how the situation unfolded -- Ruiz ran into his house for a moment; the driver was told there were children in the car -- it seems a little unfair. Not saying what Ruiz did was right, but perhaps the driver should be charged with something as well? And, as sad as this is, maybe they should start checking to see if anyone is in the car before towing it. I get that it's the parent's responsibility, but nobody wins if a kid's in the car when it's towed.

Thankfully, despite getting home at 2 in the morning, the girls are okay. But it's going to be a long road for their father. And I don't know, something just seems off with this.

What do you think of this? Have you ever left your kids in the car while you loaded groceries into your house?

by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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elkmomma
by Bronze Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

There's probably charges waiting for the tow operator that didn't make the news.  

smurfbitebug
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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The tow truck driver wanted the money, and he clearly didn't care that the kids were in the car. The people who were keeping an eye on them warned him they were there and not to take them. Kidnapping.
Steph1499
by Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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The tow truck driver shouldnt have towed the car with the kids in it.  I do not think the father should be charged with anything because how many times does a parent leave the kid in the car to take in groceries or something like that.  I think the tow truck driver should be charged with kidnapping or something because he was aware of the kids.  He was just being an ass. 

parentalrights1
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM
I think the driver just wanted the money and didn't care about him or the kids
illinoismommy83
by Bronze Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I put the kids in the house first, tell them to stay in, and run back and forth. We also park like 10 feet from the door so its no big deal.

It would suck to live in a place where you couldn't buy a parking spot by your house. I have never seen apartments without parking near the units.

illinoismommy83
by Bronze Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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As a side note, I would have filed kidnapping charges. 

katy_kay08
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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It takes quite awhile for a tow truck to arrive to tow a car.  I don't buy that he was just running groceries into the house.  It also takes a bit of time to hook up a car.  This dad's story just doesn't add up.  


prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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 Of course the driver was wrong...BUT...so was the dad. How long does it take for someone to notice he's parked illegally, call for a tow truck, have the truck arrive, hook up the car, and drive away? More than a few minutes I'd bet. Sounds like dad left the kids in the car for longer than he's acknowledging. Maybe he should consider that the children should have been brought in to the house before the groceries?

katy_kay08
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

longer than it takes to simply run groceries into the house. 

Quoting prommy:

 Of course the driver was wrong...BUT...so was the dad. How long does it take for someone to notice he's parked illegally, call for a tow truck, have the truck arrive, hook up the car, and drive away? More than a few minutes I'd bet. Sounds like dad left the kids in the car for longer than he's acknowledging. Maybe he should consider that the children should have brought in to the house before the groceries?


prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

 

Quoting katy_kay08:

longer than it takes to simply run groceries into the house. 

Quoting prommy:

 Of course the driver was wrong...BUT...so was the dad. How long does it take for someone to notice he's parked illegally, call for a tow truck, have the truck arrive, hook up the car, and drive away? More than a few minutes I'd bet. Sounds like dad left the kids in the car for longer than he's acknowledging. Maybe he should consider that the children should have brought in to the house before the groceries?


 Precisely! :)

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