A pregnant Texas mother was arrested early Wednesday morning after it was discovered she left a baby in the car while she went into a tattoo shop looking to get a piercing.
An employee of Dagos Tattoo Shop says 20-year-old Stephanie Irene Santana walked into the nearly empty shop at about 4:30 a.m. asking how long the wait for a piercing would be.
Confused, the employee, who identified himself as Yogi, asked Santana why she would ask considering it was obvious that she was the only customer in the shop.
When she asked how long the piercing would take he asked why it was important, to which she replied, “Because I have a baby in the car.”
Yogi asked who was watching the baby and Santana told him no one, “the baby is asleep.”
Worried for the baby in the car, Santana was asked to leave and return to her child. Shop workers then watched her stumble back to the car before falling asleep behind the wheel. The car was still running and her 10-month-old daughter vehicle unrestrained.
Houston police were then called and upon arrival found Santana, who is seven months pregnant, still asleep with her daughter in the passenger seat. Empty beer bottles and Xanax were found in the vehicle.
Santana was arrested on charges of DWI, child endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance.
The 10-month-old is with CPS workers while a suitable family member is found to take her.