A Texas mother’s three kids were stuck in a car for three days with her dead body, after the woman mysteriously and suddenly died while out running errands with the children.
The three children were taken to the hospital for severe dehydration after police found them inside a car in a Frisco mall parking lot with their mother, Christine Woo, dead in the driver’s seat. She was clutching the youngest child, a 16-month-old baby girl, in her arms.
Woo, 39, had no signs of trauma on her body and the medical examiner’s office hasn’t yet determined the cause of death.
Family said Woo would never do anything to harm her children, whose ages range from 1 to 5 years old.
“She’s a loving mother, she’s like a lioness, she would fight for her kids, she would never hurt her kids at all,” Brandon Woo, her husband and the children’s father, told the Dallas Morning News.
The mother of three was reported missing by her worried husband after she and the kids didn’t return home on Monday night. He had last seen them Monday morning when they left the house to run errands.
“Got to the house, no kids, no wife, so I’m thinking, ‘OK they may be out at the playground, shopping, somewhere,’ so I give her a call, call her cellphone. Cell phone rings in the other room,” Brandon Woo told the newspaper. “She doesn’t have her cellphone, can’t track her from her cellphone.”
Christine Woo hadn’t packed anything or done anything else to indicate that she intended to flee, according to police.
Brandon Woo didn’t file a missing person’s report until Tuesday afternoon because he thought, incorrectly, that he had to wait 24 hours to do it based on something he’d heard on TV or from the movies, WFAA reported.
Credit card records and surveillance footage show that Christine Woo had gone to a Walgreen’s at 9:45 a.m. on Monday to pick up an eczema prescription for her youngest child, Leah.
She was also seen three hours later at a McDonald’s, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Woo and her children — who were identified as Lauren Woo, 5, Nathan Woo, 3, and Leah Woo, 1 — weren’t found until Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. when police saw her SUV parked in front of a SuperTarget at Frisco’s McKinney shopping center.