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Man arrested for leaving 3 young kids in car while depositing money in wife’s jail account

By Mason White 2:14 PM August 31, 2014
Gerardo Jose Jimenez 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
Three children of California, were left without their mother and father after both were jailed.

At first, the children’s mother was jailed and their father was caring for them.

However, 29-year-old Gerardo Jose Jimenez of Garden Grove, lost custody of the children after he was arrested for leaving them in the car outside the Orange County Central jail.

Jimenez told police that he went to the jail to deposit money into his wife’s account.

Jimenez was charged with cruelty to children with possible injury or death, police said.

The children, who are between 5 months and 7 years old, were taken to the Orangewood Children and Family Center.

The children were discovered by an off-duty Sheriff, who saw a gray Honda Accord parked illegally in front of the intake/release area. The officer noticed that the car has been turned off, but the windows were left open, police said.

The officer found Jimenez inside the jail and he was arrested. He was detained at the Santa Ana Jail, which is located across the street from the Orange County Central jail. A judge set his bond at $100,000.