An Austin woman who allegedly left her 4-year-old son locked in a vehicle Monday while she was working for a period of approximately 7 ½ hours has been charged in Mower County District Court.  


27-year old Liliana Garcia was charged Wednesday with a gross misdemeanor for child endangerment.

Austin Chief of Police Dave McKichan reported that officers responded to a call at about 2 p.m. Monday afternoon from the Hormel Foods parking lot after employees noticed a 4-year old male child locked in a vehicle.  

Police made contact with the boy’s mother, Garcia, who had clocked in to work at 6:30 a.m. She told authorities that she normally dropped him off at a babysitter and that she thought she had dropped him off that morning. She then wondered if she had at approximately 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. She mentioned it to a friend, but did not follow up with the babysitter.

McKichan stated that police believe the child was in the vehicle the entire time. The child was unharmed from the incident.  

Garcia was arrested after police learned she had a warrant for failure to appear in court on a driving after revocation charge.

Garcia’s next appearance in Mower County District Court is scheduled for November 18th.