SHERWOOD, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Sherwood police arrested a man on Tuesday after he allegedly left his two children in a minivan while he got a massage.
Police said they were called to Massage Envy in Sherwood around 1:15 p.m. to check on the welfare of two, unattended children in a minivan. Officers arrived to find medics from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR) checking on a 5-year-old and 6-year-old who were alone in the minivan.
Authorities said the minivan was found parked in sunlight and found the children hot and sweating. Both children were OK after being tended to by TVFR medics.
Police said the children’s father, 35-year-old Khalid Albugami, was inside Massage Envy getting a massage and told employees that the children’s mother was with them – even though she was not.
Officers took the children into protective custody until their mother was located, responded to the scene and had the children released to her.
Sherwood police arrested Albugami and charged him with two counts of child neglect in the second degree. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail.
Authorities said they credit the employees for taking the appropriate action and calling 911.
“The horn was honking. I thought it was kind of strange. I went out to the vehicle and there was a little girl in there, and she was warm, hot and sweaty,” said Massage Envy employee Sunshine Fugit.
Fugit said that’s when her motherly instincts kicked in and she called 911.