WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCBD) – A woman has been arrested after leaving her two children inside a vehicle while she shopped at a Walmart in Walterboro.
Authorities advised that even though the air conditioner was on, the vehicle was blowing warm air. Pangalangan was observed coming outside of Wal-Mart with merchandise and went to her vehicle while officers on the scene made inquiries regarding her children. Ashley told officers that she was inside the business for approximately five minutes, however, the officers had been on scene approximately fifteen minutes prior to her returning to the vehicle.
The police report stated that the outside temperature was 91 degrees with a heat index of 97 degrees.
According to Lt. Amye Stivender with the Walterboro Police Department, Ashley Pangalangan left her 7-year-old and approximately 6-month-old inside her vehicle and went inside the retailer to purchase items on Monday.
Police say the vehicle was running, but the air conditioner was not working properly and that the driver side rear window was broken out and was covered with plastic.
Lt. Stivender said an EPC was performed on both children and Pangalangan was arrested for unlawful conduct of a minor.
The Department of Social Services was contacted and both children were placed into emergency protective custody.
Ashley’s mother, Rita Pangalangan was arrested just last week after leaving her 13-year-old inside a car for hours.
Police were called to Rita’s home on August 6th after receiving a tip about a child left in a vehicle. When they arrived, investigators determined the child was deceased.
Investigators believe that child died after she was left inside the car for at least two hours, possibly longer.