Police: Woman left kids in car while she donated plasma
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 30-year-old Kansas City woman faces child endangerment charges in Jackson County after police say they found two boys, ages ten and one, alone in her car in the 6000 block of Independence Ave.
A security officer noticed the kids Thursday morning in a parked car at that location. The guard said he was driving past the vehicle when he saw the head of a small child ‘pop up’ in the front passenger seat and then went back down.
He began observing the vehicle and did not see an adult come back to the car. When he first saw the vehicle, he says it was off, but then noticed the engine was turned on. He approached the car, saw the kids, and asked them to unlock the car doors, but was refused.
He called police, who arrived on the scene. Investigators watched surveillance video from the business where the car was parked and said they saw Bernice Rodriguez run to the passenger side of the car and then run back inside the business.
When police questioned her, they say she admitted leaving the boys in the car for about 30 to 45 minutes while she donated plasma. They say she admitted to police that it was a mistake.
The two endangerment charges against Rodriguez are class A misdemeanors, which could result in one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 for each count.