A Temecula couple was arrested after deputies found that two toddlers had been left in their hotel room alone for over three hours on Tuesday, Oct. 8, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Station.

Deputies responded to a call of a 1-year-old child walking alone in the hotel’s parking lot wearing only a diaper. They later found a 2-year-old alone in a hotel room with the door open.

About 30 minutes after deputies attempted to contact the parents of the children, the father, Joseph Salas, 50-year-old resident of Temecula, returned to the hotel room.

Salas and his children were transported to the sheriff’s station.

The mother, Tamara Ross, 32, of Temecula, arrived at the station a short time later.

The investigation revealed that the two toddlers were left alone inside the hotel room for over three hours.

In addition, Salas was under the influence of marijuana in public and Ross was found to be driving to the station while under the influence of alcohol.

Salas and Ross were charged with felony child endangerment.

Child Protective Services responded to take custody of the children and both suspects were transported to Cois Byrd Detention Center.

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