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Mexico cops remove girl, 3, left in water tank by parents who refused to take her to buy gas in bike

Shocking moment three-year-old girl is rescued from a water tank in Mexico after her own mother dumps her in it: neighbors heard her cry for help

  • Police officers answered an emergency call on Monday and discovered a three-year-old girl in an empty water tank at her mother’s home in Chalco, Mexico
  • The child spent about 15 minutes in the tank before being saved
  • The girl’s mother, María Lucila, and stepfather, Javier, were taken into custody immediately after returning home
  • They are currently being held in Chalco Prison and can be released if they pay a $245 bond each
  • The child has been placed under the care of the local child protection agency and has regular consultations with a psychologist

This is the heartbreaking moment when a three-year-old girl was rescued from a water tank by Mexican police after her mother and stepfather dumped her in it.

Neighbors in Chalco, Mexico, called police after hearing terrified toddlers scream for help.

Video shows the moment officers arrived at the house and climbed down into the backyard where the five-foot tank was standing upright and exposed to the elements.

The footage shows one of the officers running up to the tank and looking inside before carefully lowering it to the ground.

The Attorney General of the State of Mexico reported that the little girl was “crying and asking for help.”

An officer took out the crying child, who said to the officers, “My parents have left me.”

Neighbors in Chalco, Mexico, called police after hearing terrified toddlers scream for help.  Video shows the moment when officers arrived at the house and climbed down into the backyard where the 1.5-meter tank was standing upright and exposed to the elements

Neighbors in Chalco, Mexico, called police after hearing terrified toddlers scream for help. Video shows the moment when officers arrived at the house and climbed down into the backyard where the 1.5-meter tank was standing upright and exposed to the elements

A Chalco Municipal Police Officer in Chalco, Mexico, rescues a three-year-old girl from an empty water tank she was placed in on Wednesday by her mother and stepfather who left her while they went to buy gas.

A Chalco Municipal Police Officer in Chalco, Mexico, rescues a three-year-old girl from an empty water tank she was placed in on Wednesday by her mother and stepfather who left her while they went to buy gas.

A police officer carries the three-year-old girl after he and his partner rescue her from an empty water tank in the backyard of her home in Chalco, Mexico, on Monday.

A police officer carries the three-year-old girl after he and his partner rescue her from an empty water tank in the backyard of her home in Chalco, Mexico, on Monday.

The child grabbed a stuffed animal that kept her company while she was trapped in the tank and walked off with a police officer to a gate before the officer carried her away.

The girl appeared to be in good health with no physical injuries.

The girl’s mother, María Lucila, and stepfather, Javier, were taken into custody immediately after they returned home.

The defendants were charged with domestic violence and are being held in Chalco Prison.

The couple were each offered a $245 bond as part of their parole.

They admitted that they left the girl in the water tank for about 15 minutes.

It’s not clear why they let her in, but they said they couldn’t take her to work.

María Lucila and her partner, Javier, admitted to authorities that they left her three-year-old daughter in the empty water tank in the backyard of their home in the state of Mexico because they couldn't take her with them when they went to buy gasoline in their motorcycle on Wednesday.

María Lucila and her partner, Javier, admitted to authorities that they left her three-year-old daughter in the empty water tank in the backyard of their home in the state of Mexico because they couldn’t take her with them when they went to buy gasoline in their motorcycle on Wednesday.

The three-year-old girl watches as the police officer puts back the empty water tank she was in while her mother and stepfather went to buy gas

The three-year-old girl watches as the police officer puts back the empty water tank she was in while her mother and stepfather went to buy gas

The local Child Protection Agency takes care of her well-being while the legal situation of her mother and stepfather is resolved.

‘It’s a psychological situation. They take care of her constantly,” Chalco prosecutor Carmina Gutiérrez said, quoted by the newspaper El Gráfico.

Gutiérrez added that a psychologist has regularly met the girl for counseling sessions.

“She misses her mother very much. She’s a girl of only three years old,” she said. “So, like any minor, she misses her mother despite what she’s done.”

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