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Woman locks kids in the trunk to go shopping, police say

Tori Lee Castillo (Courtesy of the Weber County Sheriffs Department)

A woman in Utah has been arrested for committing alleged child abuse after witnesses reported to police that she locked her two kids in her car’s trunk at a Walmart parking lot to go shopping.

Tori Lee Castillo, 39, was arrested in a suspected case of child abuse, the Associated Press reports, citing the Riverdale Police Department.

Eyewitnesses told officers that the woman locked her two children, 2 and 5, in the trunk of her car before going to the local Walmart to shop. The witnesses said they heard the kids scratching and making other noises inside the car. Witnesses said they guided the kids to reach for an emergency latch to free themselves.

The police were called to the scene and arrested the careless woman on her return to the parking lot. She remains in custody while her children have been taken away by social workers and handed over to a responsible party.
The reasons behind the woman’s actions remained unknown.

The bizarre incident with a fortunate ending stands out among many similar cases where parents often “forget” their children and lock them inside their cars, but never deliberately put them in the trunk.

Besides being a criminal offense in some states, locking children in cars is potentially fatal, as they can suffocate or die of heat stroke if the vehicle is left in the sun.

Metro Atlanta residents saw this tragedy play out when a father, Justin Ross Harris, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after deliberately locking his 22-month-old son, Cooper, in the family SUV while he worked all day. Cooper Harris died quickly in the 95-degree summer heat (which rose to well over 100 degrees in the locked vehicle). The small boy’s decomposing body was “discovered” by the father as he was driving home. The stench was so bad inside the car that it nearly caused the responding officer to regurgitate.


  1. AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!? on May 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Am not surprised look at her skin color!

    • SrAgri on May 30, 2017 at 11:47 am

      What a racist comment.

      One of the stories above is about a black man locking a disabled child in a hot car:

      Race has nothing to do with cruelty. However, your immediately latching onto this the woman’s race says a lot about you.

      • Mason Youngblood on May 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

        …coming from a racist with past racist comments in his account that he thinks is private. Hypocrite.

        • SrAgri on May 31, 2017 at 9:16 am

          Really? You and ATTWO above are always making racist comments. I say that criminality is not tied to a person’s race, and I’m the racist?!

          • Mason Youngblood on May 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm

            Ooohhh..nooooow you wanna play innocent? Just like a typical racist..come to all the black on black crime stories and name call them apes and bulls#!t like that but turn around and play the fckin victim. I don’t give af how you try to turn this s#!t cause I have all you racist comments from stories and comments to me with your name on them ready to copy paste and post the same sh!t that you are trying to deny.

          • SrAgri on May 31, 2017 at 2:16 pm

            “…come to all the black on black crime stories and name call them apes and bulls#!t like that…”

            That is a bold-faced lie. I have never used racial slurs or called anyone apes or monkeys. You have, but I have never done that.

      • AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!? on May 31, 2017 at 6:19 pm


        • SrAgri on May 31, 2017 at 6:49 pm


          I have no idea what that means. At any rate, I seem to have made my point.

  2. AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!? on May 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm
  3. AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!? on May 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Makes me ill