Tyler police: Man left 3 children at motel to get mom from work

Tyler police: Man left 3 children at motel to get mom from work
Refugio Flores Lara (Source: Smith County Judicial Records)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler police have arrested a Ben Wheeler man accused of leaving three children alone at a motel while he picked up their mother from work.

Refugio Flores Lara, 38, is charged with abandoning a child.

According to the initial police report, officers responded to a motel in the 1800 block of East Gentry Parkway Thursday night, where it was reported three children were walking around the property without their parents.

After officers arrived, Lara and the children's mother came back. The mother explained she was not aware Lara had left the children at the motel by themselves when he picked her up from work.

Officers then arrested Lara.

The initial report does not say what the ages of the children were nor how the mother was not aware. More information will be available when the report is complete, according to Detective Andy Erbaugh.

"It could have been a situation where he showed up at her work and that's when she learned the children were there alone," Erbaugh said.

Lara's bond has now been set at $10,000.

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