HITCHCOCK — Two men were arrested Thursday after police said they left children in a locked car outside a Hitchcock gas station for about 30 minutes.
The two children were unharmed, but were transported to Mainland Medical Center as a precaution, Police Chief Clay Kennelly said.
Kennelly did not know the children’s ages, but said they were unable to leave the vehicle without assistance.
Police arrived at the Valero gas station, 8916 state Highway 6, about 11:30 a.m. and removed the children from the vehicle after unlocking the car with one of their parent’s keys, Kennelly said.
Jamaree Holmes, 20, and Chase Everett Jackson, 26, were each charged with one count of abandoning and endangering a child.
The relationship between the two men and the children was not immediately clear Thursday, but one of the men was the children’s father, Kennelly said.
The children were left in the locked car while the two men allegedly engaged in other criminal activity involving a possibly stolen credit card at the gas station, Kennelly said.
“Negligent parents is exactly what we had,” he said.
Jackson was being held at the Galveston County Jail on a $60,000 bond. Holmes’ bond was set at $2,000.
Other charges could potentially be filed, and an investigation is ongoing, Kennelly said.