Dad WILLIAM IVAN PENEDA MARTINEZ was "babysitting" his 3 kids when he had a few too many--and then proceeded to pass out in his car early on New Year's Day. WITH THE KIDS IN THE CAR. Dastardly readers from the U.S. Midwest know all about the sub-zero tempertures we've had as of late, and that was the case in Bloomington, too. The kids had no warm clothing or coats either. It's a miracle that a police officer just happened to spot the car before the kids developed hypothermia.
Seems Mom was in the process of divorcing this sot even before this incident. Gee, wonder why....
Dad found passed out in car with 3 kids
Updated: Sunday, 03 Jan 2010, 5:31 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 03 Jan 2010, 5:28 PM EST
Edited by Lindsay Eckert
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A Bloomington man will face a judge this week in connection with passing out and leaving his young children in a car.
Ma-lee-ah, Marcos and Angel were bundled up Sunday afternoon, but the 1, 2 and five-year-old children were only wearing pajamas when Bloomington police found them inside a car with their father passed out in the driver’s seat early New Year’s day.
Bloomington police officer, Dana Runnebohm, said she noticed a running car sitting at a dealership 3:30 am Friday in sub-freezing temperatures. When she looked in the car Runnebohm said she saw three children in the backseat.
Two of the children were in car seats and another found lying on the backseat, all without coats and one without socks or shoes.
The toddlers’ 24-year-old father, William Ivan Pineda Martinez, had been babysitting when friends called mother, Heather Pineda, saying they spotted Martinez driving her car erratically with the children inside.
Pineda is in the process of divorcing Martinez.
Pineda said she tried finding her family, but her search ended after being contacted by Bloomington police.
"I tried to GPS them from the cell phones and everything and the GPS was giving me the wrong address,” said Pineda. “They were giving me a two-point-four mile radius."
Pineda told 24 Hour News 8 the children’s lack of warm clothes was alarming.
“I saw they didn’t have their shoes on or anything like that, they were in their pajamas when I saw them,” said Pineda. “He had put a coat over the baby and they had covers, I guess, but they didn’t have their coats on."
Pineda said she found her car damaged and numerous beer cans inside, but her most precious cargo was intact.
“I was really upset about finding them like that but at least they were ok,” said Pineda.
Martinez is facing charges that include child neglect and public intoxication.