HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — An Austin father was arrested July 10 after he left his 9-month-old daughter in a car during the early morning hours claiming he forgot where he parked.
Angel Torres, 19, is accused of leaving his daughter in a car at 4 a.m. with the windows down in an unfamiliar neighborhood in Hutto. Torres admitted to police he was having trouble with his girlfriend, believing she was cheating on him. Using the Find My iPhone app, Torres tracked his girlfriend to a neighborhood he had never been to in the city of Hutto.
According to the affidavit, Torres left the baby in the car without properly securing the car seat or strapping her in. Police say the baby was trying to crawl out of the car seat and could have fallen on the floor resulting in serious injuries. Additionally, officers noted the car was not properly parked putting the vehicle and the baby at risk of being hit by another car.
Officers were initially called after reports of a possible child abduction on Flat Rock Drive. Torres told police he had walked away to smoke a cigarette and could not find his car when he returned. At first, he told police he thought the car had been stolen, he then changed his story to say he thought his car had been hot-wired or towed.
Hutto police tracked down the car and baby one block away from where they were, asking Torres how he could have forgotten where he left his child. Torres responded saying he had “a lot going on in his mind right now,” and said he was “not a bad guy,” states the affidavit.
Police began testing Torres’ sobriety looking to see if he was under the influence. The sobriety tests were inconclusive.
Torres faces charges for child abandonment and endangerment, as well as creating a false police report. He is in custody at the Williamson County Jail.