Police were called to the 5600 block of Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads at around 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 for a report of three young children locked in an unattended vehicle in a business center parking lot. Officers found the children, ages 5, 6, and 7, suffering from heat exhaustion inside the vehicle. The interior temperature reached as high as 150 degrees.
The children’s mother, Alexa Faulkison, had brought them to work with her and left them in the car because she did not want to take them inside her workplace.
The children were in the vehicle for at least 45 minutes. One child punched a hole through a taped-up window in order to get air into the car.
The police accompanied Faulkison to the hospital, along with Child Protective Services. Faulkison is now facing three counts of felony cruelty to a child. The children were left with their step-father.
FCPS reminds the public that even though it’s October, it is still dangerous to leave kids in a hot car. Leaving children in an unattended vehicle is never a good idea, but is particularly dangerous when it is warm and sunny out. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature in a car on a 93-degree day can soar to 125 degrees in just 20 minutes and 140 degrees in 40 minutes.