It was a horrific scene and a close call for a car full of kids.
Witnesses reported a mother trying to burn her own car, while her three daughters were trapped inside Sunday night, according to police in Houston, Texas.
The shocking incident happened at a car wash, where a woman revved her engine until the car caught fire, according to KHOU-TV. Other carwash customers intervened and the mother, later identified as Ana Segovia, 31, fled on foot. As she fled, she allegedly grabbed her youngest daughter, leaving the other two behind at the car wash. Segovia tripped and fell as she tried to hide in a bayou. She was subsequently arrested.
Thankfully, all three children, ages 9, 11 and 13, weren’t hurt, according to police.
Witnesses didn’t just intervene. They also allegedly overheard an eerie statement come out of Segovia’s mouth.
"When they approached the car, they heard the female say something to the effect of 'We're going to see Jesus,'" Houston Police Department Lt. Larry Crowson told KTRK in Houston.
Geraldo Cortez, the owner of the car wash, told KTRK that he watched the car become engulfed in flames.
"When the girls tried to climb out, they couldn't. The door closed," Cortez told KTRK, adding that when the girls were able to get out, the mother tried to shove them back in.
Segovia will be facing three counts of aggravated assault of a family member, according to Dallas News. Additionally, she faces a mental health evaluation. A hearing was held for her on Monday but she was not present, therefore her bond and a potential protective order in regards to her kids could not be addressed, according to KTRK.
For the time being, the children are staying with family.
The Houston Fire Department Arson Division is investigating the incident.
[Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s Office]
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