Police: Mom leaves kids home alone to go to Zumba class

Gisela Sanchez-Flores
Gisela Sanchez-Flores (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin mom who left her two young children home alone to go to a Zumba class is charged with abandoning a child with intent to return.

According to an arrest affidavit, Gisela Sanchez-Flores, 33, took one child to the morning Zumba class but left her two other children at home because they were still sleeping and “she didn’t want to be late to class.”

While the mom was at the class, which is less an one mile away from her house, police say they received a 911 call that one of the children was found by a neighbor sitting at the intersection of Stassney Lane and Village Trail. The neighbor said vehicles had to stop because they weren’t sure if the 18-month-old child was going to cross Stassney Lane. The neighbor was able to get to the child and bring him back to his home but no one was home.

While another officer was responding to the 911 call, he noticed another child in the middle of the street, approximately 100 yards away from the home. The officer said the two-and-a-half-year-old child was “crying heavily and kept talking about his mother,” continued in the affidavit.

A spokesperson for Child Protective Services says they were called to investigate. Currently, the children are back in the home and will remain with the family.

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s