Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Couple left kids in car while they drank margaritas.

A man and a woman were arrested Sunday after police said they left their two children in a sport-utility vehicle while drinking margaritas in a restaurant.

Hutto police said Beatriz Pedroza and Miguel Lopez were each charged with one count of abandoning or endangering a child after they left their 1-year-old boy and 5-month-old girl in a Ford Expedition. The couple went into Rio Grande restaurant in and drank margaritas for about a half hour before police were called, according to an arrest affidavit filed in district court in Williamson County.

Pedroza said she had been on Sixth Street in Austin earlier in the day and then drove drunk to the restaurant with the children in the car, according to the affidavit.

"Beatriz stated that she did not regret driving from Austin to Hutto drunk, leaving her children in the car to go inside the restaurant to have a margarita," according to the affidavit. Hutto police said people were gathered around the Expedition when they arrived. Both children were covered in and smelled of sweat but were not seriously injured. » Article here



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