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HOUSTON A man has been charged after he allegedly dropped his three children off in a parking lot, where they got lost and wandered around for almost an hour.

Ramiro Valteirra Ramirez, 39, has been charged with abandoning a child.

Police say that Ramirez left his 10-year-old daughter, 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son at an apartment complex at 6650 Dunlap around 2 p.m. on October 21.

According to court documents, the complex is extremely large, with some buildings across a major freeway.

Ramirez allegedly told the kids to go to their aunt s apartment but they didn t know where in the complex she lived. The children went to an apartment they thought belonged to her, but a man they didn t know answered the door.

The children then reportedly looked for their aunt for 45 minutes before calling the police. Authorities were able to reach their mother, who said she was supposed to meet Ramirez at 5 p.m. to pick up the kids and had no idea he was dropping them off early.

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