“It was a crazy situation,” said witness Gabriel Del Valle.
Del Valle says he stepped out of his nearby shop after hearing the sound of children crying out in desperation.
“The kids were in there crying. I mean you would understand. It’s real hot,” Del Valle said.
Del Valle shot video with his phone. He says one guy used a hammer to smash open the windows.
“Even then they could barely open the doors because there was a child lock on,” Del Valle said.
After several minutes, the kids were freed. The children’s mom apparently said she had left them there only temporarily so that she could get a hair cut. But Del Valle believes nothing justifies treating children like this.
“Even a dog can die. Imagine a person,” he said.
No one called police. KHOU was told the mom came out, pleaded with everyone, and said she just made a terrible mistake. Fortunately, it appears as though her children were unharmed.