The Danville mother who's accused of leaving her two 11-week-old twins in her Cadillac Escalade while she shopped is due in court tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Pleasanton.
Amanda Nejat, 46, was at 6:15 p.m. when a passerby saw two unattended infants crying inside an SUV parked in the Stoneridge Mall parking lot in Pleasanton and called police.
When Nejat returned, after leaving the twins in the SUV unattended for at least 40 minutes, Pleasanton Police Officer Larry Cox said, she was arrested. Cox said investigators were able to determine the duration of time based on security camera footage.
Nejat is facing two counts of cruelty to a child by endangering health, Alameda County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Rebecca Richardson said.
Nejat told police initially that she just went in to use the bathroom. Later, police say she admitted that she did some shopping and even returned some things.
the witness was a mom herself.
"She kind of did a double take when she first heard this," he said, of the witness.
"As a parent, you know the difference between an infant cry and the cry of an older child."
As mall security officers and the witness waited by the car, Nejat came out, Cox said.
"They told her they'd called police, and that she needed to wait there," Cox said. "She didn't try to flee or anything like that."
She admitted to shopping and returning some things, Cox said. She didn't say what she was shopping for.
She was arrested on the spot. Her husband picked up the babies and took them home, Cox said.