GREENVILLE, S.C. (WHNS) — The mother of a boy who was abducted after she left him in her SUV running to go into a store has been charged, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said on May 16, 33-year-old Edith Alvarado, of Greenville, stopped at the La Esperanza Bakery on North Pleasantburg Drive and went into the store, leaving her 3-year-old son in the SUV.
Lt. Ty Miller said the car was left running and unlocked while she was in the store and someone jumped into the vehicle, stealing it with her son still inside.
The 3 year old was found a short time later on the side of Sammons Road at Rivercrest Drive in the Taylors area of Greenville County still strapped to the car seat, Miller said.
Miller said deputies learned through their investigation that the child was consciously left in the vehicle running and unlocked with the sleeping child inside.
“Alvarado’s actions caused her child ill treatment, unnecessary pain and suffering and/or deprivation of necessary sustenance or shelter,” Miller said in a release.
Alvarado’s husband spoke with FOX Carolina on Tuesday afternoon and said that he was confused about everything. He said that he and his wife would do anything for their children and that in just moments last week, his life went from perfect to crazy.
He said that he works mornings and Edith works nights so that they can be with their children and that his wife would never do anything to harm them.
Alvarado was charged with cruelty to children, Miller said. She was released from the detention center on $1,093 bond.
Greenville County deputies said Perry Joe Anthony, 29, of Greenville, was charged with kidnapping, driving under suspension third offense, habitual offender, grand larceny and failure to stop for blue lights in connection with the vehicle theft and abduction on Friday.