Diana Salinas, 28, drove to a bar on Gilpin Avenue with her 2-year-old son to meet with father Oscar Pacheco and discuss child support at 1:45 a.m. The two began to argue, and when they left the bar, police say Salinas scratched and kicked Pacheco, causing him to bleed.
Pacheco quickly fled in his truck and drove to his home a short distance away. When he parked, Salinas, who had managed to hide herself in the bed of the truck, hopped out and broke his passenger side rearview mirror. Pacheco hid inside his home, and Salinas eventually left.
Meanwhile, her 2-year-old son was still inside her vehicle at the bar’s parking lot.
Salinas called some friends to go pick up her son, but when they arrived the child was gone. They called 911, and officers found the boy at 8:30 a.m. at some witnesses’ nearby apartment. The witnesses said they noticed the child inside the car and waited for 40 minutes for a parent to show up. When nobody came, they took the child home with them.
Child protective services took custody of the boy, and Salinas was arrested and charged with assault family violence and abandoning a child.
Dallas Police also encourage anyone who finds an abandoned child to call 911 immediately.
Originally published July 8, 2013