The Placer County Sheriff’s Office said a woman left two young children outside the Sierra Nevada fire station, who later moved.
The incident happened around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the California Forestry and Fire Protection Station in Alta, near Interstate 80, near Dutch Flats.
The woman abandoned the boy and girl, aged 2 and 4, and allegedly ran away after telling firefighters that she could not take care of the children. Sheriff’s deputies were given a description of the car, and the suspect was found just after 4 p.m. at a gas station in Roseville, 45 miles from Alta.
Two sisters were arrested from Reno. One, 45, is the children’s grandmother; He was arrested on suspicion of felony child abandonment. The other, 47, was arrested on suspicion of endangering a raped child.
With them was an 8-year-old boy, the son of a younger woman. He and two young children were taken into protective custody, and officers were attempting to place them with family members in Reno. The mother of the young children reportedly does not have their custody.
California has a law that allows prosecution for a parent who drops a child at a “safe surrender” site—which includes many fire stations—but it only applies to children up to 3 days old. it happens.