COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a woman for leaving two kids in a car, a week after authorities say the woman’s mother was arrested on murder charges for deliberately leaving a disabled child in a vehicle.
Ashley Pangalangan, 30, was charged with unlawful conduct of a minor, according to Walterboro Police Lt. Amye Stivender.
Police responded Monday to the Walmart in the 2100 block of Bells Highway for a report of a baby crying in an unattended vehicle that was running with the windows up, an incident report states.
The responding officer saw two small children in the back seat of a blue Suzuki with a busted out driver’s side rear seat window covered with plastic.
One of the children, a 7-year-old girl, was in the car with her nine-month-old sister, the report states. The 7-year-old unlocked the door and told police their mother was inside the store shopping.
The incident report states central dispatch confirmed the outside temperature was 91 degrees with a heat index of 97.
“It was also noted that even though the air conditioner was on, the vehicle was blowing warm air,” the report states.
The report states that after approximately 15 minutes, Pangalangan was spotted coming out of the store with merchandise and went to her vehicle and then came over to the officers and asked about her children. She told police she was only inside the store for approximately five minutes, however officers had been on the scene for approximately 15 minutes at the time, the report states.
“An EPC was done on both the children and Pangalangan was arrested for Unlawful Conduct of a Minor,” Stivender said.
Ashley’s mother, Rita Pangalangan, and Rita’s boyfriend, Larry King Jr., were charged with murder and accused of leaving Rita’s 13-year-old disabled daughter in a vehicle.
Investigators say Cristina Pangalangan died after she was deliberately left in the vehicle on Aug. 5.
Investigators said at 11 a.m. on Aug. 5, Rita Pangalangan and King placed the child in the vehicle. The woman checked on the child at 12:15 p.m., and then when Pangalagan went to check on the girl again at 3 p.m., she found the vehicle’s doors were locked, according to authorities.
A report states Pangalangan and King then left the home to get a spare set of keys. Authorities reported when the suspects returned at 4:15 p.m., the child was dead.