MORENO VALLEY – A 27-year-old Moreno Valley resident was arrested for endangering the wellbeing of her children on Saturday. At around 8:30 p.m. witnesses reported that children were locked inside a vehicle on the 25000 block of John F. Kennedy Drive in the City of Moreno Valley.
The two children, according to witness statements to authorities indicated that the children, ages four and six were locked inside the vehicle for more than 30 minutes. The witnesses told authorities that they attempted to locate parents to no avail.
While locked in the vehicle in the estimated to be 90-95 degree temperatures the children were sweating profusely and apparently in distress. The police officers and firefighters made entry into the vehicle to rescue the children. The two children were taken to the hospital for treatment of heat exposure.
Child Protective Services was called to the scene and along with officers attempted to find the parents of the children. Eventually, they were able to locate 27-year-old Guadalupe Galaviz and placed her under arrest for child endangerment. A 3-year-old child was located with Galaviz and was taken to the hospital. The children were placed in protective custody.
For emergencies dial 9-1-1. To report non-emergencies the Moreno Valley Police Department can be reached by calling (951) 486-6700, or by email to MVPD@moval.org. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s Crime Tips online form.
A friendly reminder from the Moreno Valley Police Department:
- Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
- Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind.
- Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
- keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
- eep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
- if a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
- if you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
- be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
- use drive‐thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
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