A mother has been accused of setting her car on fire with her three daughters inside, police say.
A witness saw a woman, later identified as Ana Segovia, 31, rev her engine until her car caught fire in a Houston, Texas, car wash parking lot Sunday evening.
Segovia’s daughters, ages 9, 11, and 13, were inside and the mother was heard saying in Spanish, ‘We’re going to see Jesus’, ABC 13 reported.
Police said bystanders intervened and the 31-year-old mother fled on foot with her daughters.
Mother Ana Segovia was arrested Sunday evening after she tried to set her car on fire with her three daughters inside
Two of her daughters were left behind at the car wash as the mother tried to flee. Pictured are the girls after their mother was arrested
Segovia, 31, set her car on fire with her three daughters inside in a car wash parking lot in Houston, Texas, on Sunday evening
Witnesses also heard the woman shout, ‘Let’s go to heaven’, after she revved the engine and it caught fire.
There were about 20 people in the car wash when the Segovia set her car on fire.
She eventually abandoned her 11-year-old and 13-year-old after fleeing the scene but continued to drag her youngest daughter with her towards a bayou nearby.
But Segovia tripped and fell before officers caught up and arrested her.
None of the daughters were hurt during the incident, according to police.
Segovia is now facing three charges of aggravated assault of a family member after her attempt to burn alive her daughters in her vehicle.
The mother reportedly ran off with the children before police were able to arrest her
She is facing three charges of aggravated assault towards a family member, police say
There were about 20 people at the car wash at the time, and bystanders intervened to save the three daughters