Tourists arrested for leaving children locked in hot car to shop at Kmart

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The parents reportedly told police, “we were only in the store for three minutes.”

Guam – Two Korean tourists who went to Kmart to go shopping are now behind bars after they allegedly left their two young children locked inside their car with the engine turned off and windows rolled up.

According to a magistrate report, two women who were walking through the Kmart parking lot Monday afternoon in the sweltering heat happened to be at the right place at the right time for two children, ages 6 and 1.

It was around 2:30 pm when the ladies first noticed the children inside of a parked car. Both women looked around to see if there were any adults nearby, but there were none. When they noticed that the Mitsubishi Lancer’s engine was turned off and the windows were rolled all the way up, they began to worry, according to the report.

So they knocked on the car’s windows to wake up the sleeping children and when that didn’t work, they called 911.

Officers arrived just before 3 p.m., according to the report, and the police, too, attempted to wake up the children by grabbing on to the rear door to shake the vehicle and knocking on the window. But according to police, the children were slumped forward and would not wake up.

Eventually, the Guam Fire Department was called to the scene and as firefighters attempted to open the car door, one of the officers reportedly “saw that the victims had sweat streaming down their foreheads and the sides of their face.”

Fortunately, authorities were able to open the car door within a few minutes.

The report states that as the officer opened the rear passenger door he “felt hot air escape from inside the car.”

From the time the witnesses first noticed the children in the locked car, at around 2:30 pm, to the time the parents of the two minors had finally emerged, 45 minutes had already passed, the report states.

The parents were identified as Sangowoo Yoon and Jungeun Sul who reportedly told police, “We were only in the store for three minutes.”

According to the magistrate report, the family is from South Korea where Yoon is a lawyer and Sul is a judge.

During a police interview, both reportedly admitted that they decided to leave their children in the vehicle with the engine turned off and the windows rolled up while they went inside and shopped at Kmart.

The parents were arrested and charged with two counts each child abuse as misdemeanors and leaving children unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle as petty misdemeanors.