But never once did I think it would be OK just that one time to leave the sleeping kids in the car while I ran into the store. And here's why:
San Antonio police said a man stole the woman's car with her children, a 9-month-old and a 3-year-old, asleep in the back seat.(from KSAT-12)
Police said the car was stolen around 11 p.m. Wednesday at a convenience store on the 5900 block of Rittiman Road.
Police said the mother had stopped at the store to get a soda when she looked outside and saw that someone had taken off with the vehicle.
The woman screamed for help, but the driver fled. Police issued an Amber Alert for the children, then received an anonymous call saying the children had been abandoned at a Dollar General Store on Walzem Road.
The children were safely returned to their mother around 3 a.m., police said.
And although the children are safe and back with their mother, police told KSAT that the mother could face charges of endangering a child.
"As far as the mother goes in this case, it's not advisable to leave your children unattended in a vehicle, let alone leave the keys in the ignition," said Sgt. Chris Benavides, with the San Antonio Police Department.
And never once did I think it was OK to leave my kids in the car with the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked! Inconvenience sucks, but sometimes it needs to be borne.