A Falls Church woman left her three children in a stifling car while she was at work.
According to police around 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon, officers responded to the 5600-block of Columbia Pike in Falls Church, after a witness reported that three children were left alone in a locked car where the interior temperature reached 150 degrees.
According to reports, the children (seven, six and five-years old) suffered from heat exhaustion. One of the children even punched a hole through a taped-up window, desperate to get some air.
“On the day that this incident happened, it was still 85 degrees out, and the kids had been in the car for at least 45 minutes, so it was easily in the triple digits in that car,” said Officer Courtney Young, Fairfax County Police Department.
Police found the mother, 26-year old Alexa Faulkison, inside a business she worked at in the area.
Reports said Faulkison did not want to take the children inside her workplace.
She is facing three counts of felony cruelty to a child.
“I know people have crazy, busy lives, but the children’s safety comes first and foremost. If you have to work, and you can’t find the babysitter or the babysitter called in sick, you have to find an alternative. Leaving them in a car is not an option,” said Officer Young.
Reports said officers accompanied Faulkison to the hospital, along with Child Protective Services, so the children could be examined.
The children were left with their step-father.
“We were using this incident as a reminder to people that even though fall is upon us, temperatures are dropping, it’s still really dangerous to leave your kids and animals in a car. The temperatures in a car can get into triple digits within 20/30 minutes,” said Officer Young.
Police said if you see kids or animals in a car and they look distressed, call 911 immediately.