LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man has been indicted by a grand jury after he was accused of leaving three children at a park in the 1200 block of 23rd Street in August.
According to the police report, an officer spotted a child run up to a tow truck at the park. He initially thought the driver was trying to pick up the child from the park, but after further investigating, he realized the child was looking for help. The child told the driver and the officer that her dad had left her at the park and had not returned.
The child and her two siblings, one that is autistic according to the report, had been alone in the park that is a high crime area for drugs and prostitution for about an hour and a half.
The child told the officer she and her siblings were in the vehicle when Ricardo Garcia, her father, told all three children to get out of the vehicle and maybe someone would come and take all of them, and then left. The children were playing in the park when a group of dogs tried to bite the child's brother, who is autistic, according to what she told the officer.
The officer was not able to contact the father, who had full custody of the children. The mother of the children was contacted to pick up the kids.
The mother was about to leave with her children when Garcia arrived at the park.
Garcia told police he left the kids at the park because he needed to go to the restroom and the kids wouldn't come back to the vehicle so he left, according to the police report. He then told police he realized what he did was wrong so he turned around and came back to the park. The officer reported Garcia seemed to be lethargic and uncaring and did not show any emotion as they spoke and did not show emotion about his children being left alone in the park.
He was arrested and charged with abandoning/endangering a child. He was later released on a $5,000 bond.