UPDATE: Witness Heard Twin Infants Crying Inside SUV, Called Police While Mom Shopped

Amanda Nejat of Danville was arrested Wednesday after leaving her 11-week-old twins in her Escalade while she shopped inside Stoneridge Mall.

A mall shopper heard the cries of twin infants coming from inside a Cadillac Escalade on Wednesday afternoon, and when she saw there was no adult with them, she called police.

security detained Amanda Nejat, 46, at her SUV until the police could get there, said Officer Larry Cox of the . 

The Danville woman had allegedly been inside the mall for 40 minutes, and told police initially that she just went in to use the bathroom. Later, police say she admitted that she did some shopping and even returned some things.

Nejat was arrested around 6:15 p.m. on suspicion of felony child endangerment, and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case today, Friday, to decide how to charge her.

Cox said that a woman walked by the SUV in the Stoneridge parking lot and heard infant cries. She looked through the tinted windows and saw two car seats with 11-week-old twins inside, both crying.

"She kind of did a double take when she first heard this," he said, noting that the passerby is a mom herself.

"As a parent, you know the difference between an infant cry and the cry of an older child."

Cox said the passerby saw that there was no adult inside, so she called Pleasanton police, then mall security.

As mall security officers and the witness waited by the car, Nejat came out, Cox said.

"They told her they'd called police, and that she needed to wait there," Cox said. "She didn't try to flee or anything like that."

Initially she said she just stopped for a minute to find a restroom, but then changed her story. Cox said police know for sure she was inside for 40 minutes because of security camera footage.

She admitted to shopping and returning some things, Cox said. She didn't say what she was shopping for.

She was arrested on the spot. Her husband picked up the babies and took them home, Cox said.

Patch will update this story as new information comes out.

Patch editor Terry Parris Jr. contributed to this story.

To reach editor Tanya Rose, e-mail tanya.rose@patch.com.

Emily February 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Am I the only one who has noticed that all the people here defending her all just joined Patch in the last day or two? Super shady and so transparent. For a second I thought 1/2 the citizens in this area had lost their minds, but obviously these commenters either know her or they ARE her. Sorry creeps, you're not going to convince the sane people in this community that this was an OK thing to do.
CMNSENSENSE February 13, 2012 at 01:25 AM
It doesn't matter if this woman has psychological problems (obviously) or is simply selfish and superficial, there is no excuse for leaving 2 helpless infants unattended in a parking lot!!! Really, the landlord of the home on Victoria place with the swat/marajuana incident...who gives a crap??? Those babies could have been stolen or have died. Throw the book at her!,,
denise jones February 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Are you kidding me? Ally, have you left you infants unattended in a vehicle in a srange parking lot while you went shopping? Amanda should have been arrested and I know her.No one has an acceptable reason for such a horrific event. I am glad that the outcome was not worst thanks to the passerby. Those babies could have easily died.
denise jones February 13, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Dear Amanda, My heart sank when I heard this story on the local news. Even though we only met about a year ago, you found a reason confide in me. We have had countless conversations on love, life and motherhood. I know how much it meant for you to become a Mom. A Mom is a loving full time commitment. I don't understand how shopping for something could even compare with the safety of your babies. There is no answer. You were blesssed that an angel passed by and saved them from any possible harm. I hope that this "wake up" call gets you the help that you need and get your life priorites in check. God bless.
jack February 24, 2012 at 05:34 AM


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