School staff says mom showed up 'too high' to pick up her kids

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 11:56 PM -04:00 Updated:
GOLDEN GATE CITY, Fla. -

A Collier County mother was arrested Monday after school staff said she showed up "too high" to pick her kids up.

Garciela Cruz Padron is accused of driving to Golden Terrace Elementary School while impaired.

The assistant principal at the school said Cruz Padron show up to pick up her daughter and her daughter's two friends.

Once Cruz Padron started slurring her words, staff started questioning the children's safety.

School officials said Cruz Padron fell asleep while standing.

Deputies with the Collier County Sheriff's Office were called to assist.

Deputies said Cruz Padron seemed confused and had orange liquid coming out of her nose.

Deputies found a little girl inside Cruz Padron's car.

Investigators said Cruz Padron was so out of it she forgot the little girl was in the car.

Cruz Padron was arrested for leaving the child unsupervised in a running car.

Collier County School Officials said they are happy with how the staff handled the situation.

“It’s an unfortunate incident, and we’re really glad there were no injuries, or no one was hurt. It’s another example of our school leadership teams being diligent and alert."

"Another reminder to everybody that if something doesn’t look right, make sure you say something," Executive Direction of Communication for Collier County Public Schools Greg Turchetta said.

All children were turned over to their biological fathers.

The Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident.


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