Mother arrested for leaving children in the car for 9 hours while at all-you-can-eat buffet

Richmond, Virginia | A mother was arrested yesterday after she left her four children aged between one and seven years old in her car for more than nine hours while she was eating alone in a restaurant.

According to the Richmond Police Department, 34-year-old Raquel Hernandez decided to leave her kids in the car while treating herself to an all-you-can-eat meal at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill.

The 400-lbs woman arrived around 11 AM and was still eating when the police arrived on the site at 8:20 PM.

29-year-old Sarah Ferguson, the waitress who warned the police, says she noticed the kids in the car when she arrived for her shift and saw them again when she finished her work.

“I saw them in the car when I arrived around 11:30 in the morning, I thought their mother was gone for a quick visit at the nearby pharmacy or something. But when I finished my shift eight hours later, they were still there!”

Ms. Ferguson called the police, who immediately freed the children from the vehicle and went looking for the mother.

The young waitress says she was shocked to find out that the mother of the children was a customer she had served during her entire shift.

“She was there during the whole eight hours I worked. I must have picked up at least sixty empty plates from her table.” 

Sarah Ferguson decided to call the police after noticing the children in the car both before and after her 8-hour shift.

The single mother of four will now face four charges of child abandonment and four charges of child neglect.

If found guilty on all charges, Ms. Hernandez could lose custody of her children and spend up to 20 years in prison.

She was freed from jail this morning on a $12,500 bail, but her children will remain under the care of social services until the end of her trial.

6 Comments on "Mother arrested for leaving children in the car for 9 hours while at all-you-can-eat buffet"

  1. stuart rubin | May 28, 2019 at 2:02 am | Reply

    after so many hours think buffet would ask her to please leave.

  2. I understand everyone’s rage. But this is a serious mental health issue. It’s called binge eating disorder and is an addiction just like alcohol, cocaine, or sex. It’s marked by shame, shame keeps it going. Please don’t shame her even though this is a horrible situation.

    • Nonyamfbizness | January 30, 2020 at 1:57 pm |

      Please don’t shame her!smh she left her kids in the car! Selfish bissshhh. Atleast take & feed her kids while her fatass eats.

  3. Unfortunely we see these cases happen all the time. This is a very sad situation. The children are very lucky that someone cared enough to call the law. I’m so happy that all the children was ok and well.

  4. That lady must have a medical problem..and a mental problem. She does no

  5. Thats sick. Did she stop to think the kids could be hungry. Pt ge under the jail. Selfish B.

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