SANTA FE (KRQE) - You have your arrests for drinking and driving, drinking and boating. How about drinking while pushing a stroller?
That is what happened in Santa Fe after police say the parents were pushing two little ones around in strollers on a busy street and in a busy parking lot.
Apparently people had seen enough and called police.
Cars rushed by as the sun beats down in Santa Fe. That is the scene police describe when they say the parents and an aunt of a 1-year-old and 1-month-old took the kids out in the heat Thursday afternoon for about three hours pushing them in their strollers along a busy Cerillos Road.
All the while, police say, the three adults were very drunk.
“It was a very dangerous situation,” said Celina Westervelt, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department.
Police arrested the father, Travis Star, 28, the mother, Melanie Lovato, 19, and the aunt, Hillary Lovato.
It was just after 1p.m., when a concerned witness first tipped off police.
Officers eventually found the family inside a Walmart with a can of beer and vodka in a backpack.
“They all smelled of alcohol,” Westervelt said. “The father admitted to drinking and that he threw up on himself.
"The mother was very intoxicated, bloodshot watery eyes, smelled of alcohol, very combative.”
Police say they took Melanie and Hillary to holding cells where the two kicked the walls and screamed profanities at officers. One officer alleged Hillary actually kicked him.
After hearing the kids had not had anything to eat or drink during the dangerous stroll to the store, police called paramedics.
“The children were checked out at the hospital and turned over to [the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department],” Westervelt said.
Police said the children are OK.
All three adults face child abuse charges. The mother is also charged with underage drinking.
Online records show the father was convicted in 2007 for drunken driving, and he and the aunt have both been previously arrested for public intoxication.
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