MILPITAS -- A 29-year-old San Jose resident, was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly leaving his two young children alone in a parked car for about 15 hours, until a resident saw movement in the vehicle and called Milpitas Police Department to investigate.
Julio Reyes was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on felony child endangerment charges.
The children were taken into protective custody and later transferred to the custody of the Department of Family and Children's Services, according to Milpitas police.
Later, their mother, also San Jose resident, appeared at the police station, after being contacted by police.
Milpitas police received a 911 call from a resident on the 200 block of North Hillview Drive at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday, reporting a suspicious vehicle parked across from her house all night, which she first thought was empty, had people in it.
Arriving officers discovered a 10-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, both of San Jose, alone inside of the maroon Ford Explorer.
Police said the children had been left alone in the vehicle since 10 p.m. Tuesday night by their father, Reyes. Investigating officers conducted surveillance on the vehicle and later had it towed, but were unable to locate the father.
At 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, Reyes called Milpitas Police Department to report his vehicle and children were missing.
"He knew that he left them in that location ... he went to visit a friend," Sgt. Raj Maharaj said.
Reyes was interviewed and subsequently arrested.
Maharaj said the children appeared unkempt.
"They were disheveled; they were hungry and dehydrated. We got them McDonald's food," Maharaj said, adding the children looked like they had not bathed in a few days.
Maharaj said the case has been filed with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
Anyone with any information regarding this investigation can call the Milpitas Police Department at 408-586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or visit ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp.