Utah, USA – A mom faces child abuse charges after she allegedly locked her two young daughters in the trunk of her car while she shopped at a local Walmart.
Riverdale Police arrested Tori Castillo, 39, after they received a call on Thursday after a woman allegedly spotted the mom stuffing the children, ages 2 and 5, inside of the trunk in the store’s parking lot, according to reports.
She has been charged with four counts of child abuse involving physical injury and one of retail theft, according to the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
“The small children began making noise and moving frantically, causing the vehicle to shake,” Police Lt. Casey Warren told CNN. “Several good Samaritans observed this and came to the aid of the children.”
Another witness, Heidi, told ABC7 that she heard the 5-year-old girl screaming from inside, “Mom, let me out! Help!”
“I started talking to a little girl. I could hear screaming. She was like, ‘Mom, let me out! Let me out! Mom!! Help!!’ She was screaming and crying,” Heidi said.
Heidi said she yelled back; guiding the girl to open the emergency latch from inside. That’s when she realized not one but two kids were locked in that trunk.
Heidi told the station that once police arrived and the mother, Tori Lee Castillo, exited the store, her alleged excuse was that the children’s babysitter didn’t show up.