Three Young Children Rescued from Hot Car
A 26-year-old Falls Church woman is facing felony charges for leaving her three young children in a hot car earlier this week. We were called to the 5600 block of Columbia Pike on October 3, around 2:30 pm, for a report of three young children locked in an unattended vehicle in a business center parking lot. Officers found the children, ages five, six and seven, suffering from heat exhaustion inside the vehicle. The interior temperature reached as high as 150 degrees.
The children’s mother, Alexa Faulkison, had brought the children 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. We accompanied Ms. Faulkison to the hospital, along with Child Protective Services, so the kids could be examined. Ms. Faulkison is now facing three counts of felony cruelty to a child. The children were left with their step-father.
We would like to remind everyone that despite it being October, it is still dangerous to leave your 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 approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes. So, please take your kids with you, no matter how quick your errand!