A California mom and her boyfriend are both facing felony child abuse charges after police say they left her three young children alone in the Mojave Desert as punishment.
Temperatures were in the mid-90s when Mary Bell, 34, and Gary Cassle, 29, left their kids, ages 7, 6 and 5, alone without water or shoes in the blazing sun near the city of Twenty-nine Palms.
The kids were found by a good Samaritan after being left alone in the desert for over 45 minutes.
The pair were apprehended in their vehicle not far down the road, are due in court Friday afternoon. The pair are currently being held at the Morongo Basin Jail on $100,000 bail each.
It is unclear why the children were being ‘punished’, but it is rumored that the group appeared to be homeless and living out of their car.