Texas man charged after children left alone at Home Depot

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) An East Texas man was arrested Sunday in College Station after leaving his two children alone at Home Depot.

According to a police report, officers were called to the store on University Drive around 1 p.m. after a man approached an employee and said "If two kids say they cannot find their parents, call the law."

When officers arrived, a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were waiting near the customer service desk.

They were able to give officers the name of their parents and their phone numbers.

They also provided the name of the hotel in which their family was staying.

Police said the children were in the store for at least 40 minutes before their mother and father showed up.

Their father, a 49-year-old from Grand Saline, was arrested on charges of abandoning or endangering a child.

He was released Sunday after posting the $10,000 bond.

According to an arrest report, the father said he left the children there with the intent to "teach them a lesson" while he went to an appointment at an equipment rental store 15 miles away.

Police said he tried to justify his actions by saying they traveled the world, and that in Israel children are allowed to roam freely at the age of 14.

"The defendant clearly stated that this was his idea, and that he felt that leaving the children would be akin to detention in school," said the report.

The mother was not arrested.