Simi Valley | Children Left Unattended in a Vehicle

Simi Valley Police Department – Incident Press Release

Shortly after noon on Monday March 25, customers of the Home Depot in Simi Valley alerted employees to three young children left unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot. The employees called the Simi Valley Police Department and officers responded to check on the welfare of the children. 

When officers arrived, the oldest child (a six year-old) was sobbing inconsolably. The other two children (a two year-old and a 7 month old) were left unrestrained in the car. One of the car’s windows was rolled down, but the car was uncomfortably hot even though the outdoor temperature was only in the mid-70’s. The officers also noticed that the keys to the car were in the ignition. 

While the officers were conducting their investigation, the mother of the children came back to the car. Based on the dangerous conditions the officers discovered the children in, they arrested Yuzaira Reyes (24 years-old, Simi Valley) for child endangerment. The officers then contacted Child Protective Services who took the children into their care. 

The Simi Valley Police Department would like to remind all those who care for young children that leaving them in a vehicle unattended is unsafe. Even in rather mild conditions, temperatures inside the car can reach dangerous levels. Also, there are numerous predicaments that could arise that children of such a young age are not prepared to handle. 

We would like to thank those citizens and employees who alerted us to these children. 


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