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
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 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.