Police say mom forced boy to walk home on freeway as punishment

As police and CPS continue their investigation, we're hearing from the father of the 10-year-old at the center of this case
October 10, 2013 3:28:50 PM PDT
We're learning more about the mother accused of making her 10-year-old walk on a freeway.

CPS says this is still an active case so there's not much they can say. But they did say that their investigation is not over yet. Now one Houston parenting group says all parents can take away an important lesson from all of this.

Outside of Angela Garcia's home, there's neatly colored messages of welcome and love.

"We know that parents love and care deeply," said Lidya Osadchey, CEO of the Escape Family Resource Center, a group helps families deal with the stresses of parenthood.

Police say Garcia sent a different message Monday evening, when she allegedly forced her 10-year-old-son out of her car, onto the shoulder of I-45 south and told him to walk home.

According to police, Garcia and her son had an argument about his weight.

"Even without knowing anything that happened in that car, it's unfortunate. It's painful that a mother failed to guide and protect her child," Osadchey said.

Osadchey says Garcia reached a point of no return.

"I could not imagine the kind of frustration that a mother felt in that moment," she said. "It's almost like revenge; I'm going to punish you because you are making me out of control."

Garcia was charged with child abandonment and endangerment. We spoke with her husband off camera and he said she's having a hard time dealing with what happened and was meeting with an attorney.

Child Protective Services is now investigating the case, while the boy is in his father's care. He says his son is doing fine.

"In the height state of anger, we make sure that whatever happens, they are not going to get hurt. This is the minimum obligation as parents," Osadchey said.

Osadchey says every parent can learn from this. All that's needed are the right tools to keep the love from taking a turn.

League City police did go back to the scene Thursday and took measurements of how far that child walked. CPS would say the child will stay in his father's custody unless investigators determine the child is in further danger.

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