Mother arrested for allegedly leaving 10-year-old, infant in car alone while shopping in Humble

Nicole Marie Kunschick, 31, is charged with endangering a child after allegedly leaving her two kids -- ages 10 years and 9 months -- in a car while she shopped at a Target in Humble

October 14, 2013 8:47:13 AM PDT
A mother accused of leaving her two children -- one of them an infant -- in the car while shopping in Humble is charged with endangering a child.

Nicole Marie Kunschick, 31, was arrested Saturday after Humble police were called to a SuperTarget store in the 20700 block of Highway 59 North.

When officers arrived, they found a vehicle running in the parking lot with two children inside -- a 10-year-old boy and a nine-month-old baby in a car seat. Witnesses told police the kids had been there for about 30 minutes.

Officers spoke with the boy, who gave them his mother's phone number.

Kunshick came outside and told police the car and the children were hers. She was arrested and charged with a felony, and her bond was set at $2,000.

It is illegal in Texas to leave a child under seven years old unattended in a vehicle for longer than five minutes. Children under seven years old must be accompanied by an individual who is age 14 or older. Leaving a child unattended in a car is also a form of neglectful supervision that is investigated by Child Protective Services.

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