F.C. Mother of 3 Facing Felony Charges for Leaving Children in Hot Car

(Photo: Fairfax County Police Department)

A 26-year-old Falls Church woman, Alexa Faulkison, is facing three felony charges for cruelty to a child for leaving her three young children in a hot car on Oct. 3.

Fairfax County Police officers were called to the 5600 block of Columbia Pike on Tuesday after a report came in of three young children locked in an unattended vehicle in a business center parking lot. Faulkison had brought the children to her work but left them in the car because she did not want to take them inside the workplace.

Officers found the children, ages five, six and seven, suffering from heat exhaustion inside the vehicle. One child punched a hole through a taped-up window in order to get air into the car. The children were in the vehicle for at least 45 minutes and the interior temperature reached as high as 150 degrees.

FCPD accompanied Faulkison to the hospital, along with Child Protective Services, so the kids could be examined. There Faulkison was charged with her felonies, and the children were left in the custody of their step-father.