California deputies find a one-year-old baby in a parking lot and a two-year-old alone on a bed

Joseph Salas (pictured), 50, was arrested in Lake Elsinore for felony child endangerment and being under the influence of marijuana in public

Joseph Salas (pictured), 50, was arrested in Lake Elsinore for felony child endangerment and being under the influence of marijuana in public

Two toddlers were discovered all alone at a California motel after their parents left them for several hours and became intoxicated, authorities say. 

On Tuesday, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies dispatched to a motel in Lake Elsinore after reports of a one-year-old child wearing only a diaper was wandering the parking lot. 

According to a press release, deputies found the child alone and still inside the parking lot when they arrived.

They then came across an open door and found a second child, aged 2-years-old, all alone in the motel room. 

The children’s parents were nowhere to be found.   

Thirty minutes later the father of the children, 50-year-old Joseph Salas, arrived to the motel room. 

Authorities proceeded to transport Salas and the two children to the police station shortly before the mother, 32-year-old Tamara Ross, met them there. 

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies (pictured) found a one-year-old wearing only a diaper wandering around a motel parking lot and a two-year-old all alone in a room

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies (pictured) found a one-year-old wearing only a diaper wandering around a motel parking lot and a two-year-old all alone in a room 

After investigating the incident, authorities discovered that the Temecula couple left the one-year-old and the two-year-old alone for three hours.

Additionally, Salas was under the influence of marijuana and Ross drove to the police station while drunk. 

The Lake Elsinore motel (pictured) where Salas and Ross left the two toddlers while they got intoxicated

The Lake Elsinore motel (pictured) where Salas and Ross left the two toddlers while they got intoxicated 

The two toddlers were taken in by Child Protective Services after their parents left them alone, unsupervised for three hours

The two toddlers were taken in by Child Protective Services after their parents left them alone, unsupervised for three hours

Salas was arrested for felony child endangerment and being under the influence of marijuana in public. 

Similarly, Ross received felony child endangerment charges and a DUI. 

Both suspects were taken to the Cois Byrd Detention Center. 

Child Protective Services has responded to the case and has taken the children into custody.         

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