Sherman mother abandons children in car in Collin Co.

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

COLLIN COUNTY, Tex. -- A Sherman mother is in jail charged after leaving her two kids in a vehicle on the side of the highway. Margarita Huerta, from Sherman, has been charged with two counts of endangering a child and abandoning a child.

Lieutenant John Norton of the Collin County Sheriff's Office says Huerta ran out of gas on U.S. Highway 75 just south of Telephone Road in Collin County last Friday and then left her five-year-old and 10-month old in the car while she walked to a nearby gas station.

Lieutenant Norton says after the mother left, the five-year-old ran across the highway into oncoming traffic.

A man stopped to help the child but she was not hurt.

Lieutenant Norton says both are now in Child Protective Services custody.

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  • by TRACY Location: SHERMAN on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:46 AM
    YES GIVE HER KIDS BACK I mean people don't stop and help anymore because of all the things that go on in this world who knows what we would have done in that situation and yes i have seen people broke down and cops drive on by while they are talking on the cell phones and not pay attention on what the heck they are doing or why this person is on the side of the road its awful this poor women meant no harm she was trying to get fuel LET HER GO AND GO AFTER WORSE PEOPLE THEN HER FOR CHRIST SAKES
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2007 at 06:09 AM
    I love how everything is black and white here. Either she's completely innocent or she should be taken out back and shot. She made a stupid choice thinking it was in the best interests of her kids. It's a mistake. She didn't tie them to the steering wheel. Give her the needed slap on the wrist, but don't lock her up and deprive these kids of their mother.
  • by tony Location: oklahoma on Dec 19, 2007 at 10:38 PM
    how long was she sitting on the side of the road. where was the law enforcement when you need them. donut shop staying warm is my bet. anyone knows you break down you dont see any law officer at all. granted she did leave her kids but she was trying to get fuel to get to that donut shop to get her kids warm too. i say let her go and give the children back.
  • by BE CONSIDERATE Location: sherman on Dec 19, 2007 at 05:10 PM
    no is was not a smart for her to leave her kids, but in situation like this, there could of been no other choice. She was proctecting her kids not harming them, she tried to do the right thing, if she would of stayed there and waited on help then people would been complaining and no matter what they wouldn't of been happy with her. You just cant accuse somebody like that, all she did was try to get help is not like she wasn't going to come back for them. People need to know everything that happend before speaking out.
  • by anonymous Location: TX on Dec 19, 2007 at 05:02 PM
    I think she is inoccent and that they should let her out of jail and let the childern be reunited with their mom
  • by here Location: gone on Dec 19, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    yes she should not have left her kids in the car but Saturday was awful and Thats why we need to make sure that you have gas and your car is checked out so things like this does not happen
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Dec 19, 2007 at 01:53 PM
    redman-Sherman, we live in AMERICA, why should any one get someone who speaks Spanish. Is this woman from Spain? Anyone with good sense would reason that a 5year old is not going to stay in a car after seeing their mother get out and walk away. According to the story - passerby stopped to help the child that was on HWY 75. It doen't take speaking another language to know - you don't leave children in a car. You put their coats on them - throw a blanket on them & keep them with you. She could have flagged down someone and asked them for her. If she broke the law - she should in jail. Just like everyone else who breaks the
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Dec 19, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    Bill, nowhere in my post did I make any reference to this story being a political issue. For you and anyone else that takes my statement literally is a choice, though I dont think that anyone in America has ever been burned at the stake. I am only implying that she should be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law and her kids not be given back to her until she can overwhelmingly prove that she is competent enough to care for them. You even stated yourself that she couldve done several other things, but she didnt. If help was not far away, she couldve taken the kids with her, yes it was cold, but I have seen incompetent people take their small kids or infants to an extremely cold or rainy football game before when they should have been at home in a warm house and being at a cold football game is a lot longer time being exsposed to the cold. It sounds to me that youre the bleeding heart who is soft on crime. When we get our license, we are that saying we are competent drivers.
  • by Peyton Location: Sherman on Dec 19, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    Your headline leads us to believe that this woman had no intentions of going back for her children. Obviously, she didn't make a good choice by leaving them in the car to go get gas, but at the time she probably felt that was safer then carrying them on a busy highway in the freezing cold and rain. Those children need to be with their mother and we need to be thanking God that nothing serious happened to any of them. I am sure she has learned from this mistake of leaving her children unattended which I might add is a far cry from "abandoning" them!
  • by ra Location: tx on Dec 19, 2007 at 11:14 AM
    If CPS finds that this lady has not had any prior complaints and that she has been known to be a loving and caring mother I hope they take that into consideration. No, she didn't make a wise decision when she left her children alone, but taking children from their mother (good or bad) is traumatic for the children. My prayer is that this mother and children will eventually be reunited, and that they will have a happy life togther.
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