Houston, TX – Parenting can be tough, but come on… “go play in traffic” is an expression, not an actual punishment.
Fox reports that a woman was arrested in southeast Houston for punishing her 10-year-old son by having him walk home in the middle of a busy freeway.
Authorities say 34-year-old Angela Graciela Carcia ordered he child out of her car Monday night after the two argued and she got a little frustrated. The boy walked along the shoulder of Interstate 45 for about 15 minutes before police stopped him.
You can almost hear the disgust in League City Police Officer Reagan Pena’s voice as she describes the incident:
“The mother, as a form of discipline, turned him out of the car and told him to walk home,” she said, explaining that Garcia is now facing a felony after being charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child.
“Making your child walk home on I-45 at 8:30 at night in the dark, in a busy stretch where many fatalities have occurred that is crossing the line,” said Pena. “It’s on a major roadway. There are many cars going, it’s also a stretch of freeway we’ve had many fatalities in the last month. The child truly was in danger.”
Someone driving spotted the boy walking on the freeway and called 911.
Garcia had another child in the car, as well. Both have since been remanded into the custody of their father.
As of Tuesday, she was being held at the Galveston County jail on a $7,500 bond. So far, she hasn’t gotten an attorney. Here’s her mug!