A Conway couple is behind bars in the county jail after reportedly leaving three young children unattended in a vehicle in the Conway Commons shopping center parking lot Sunday evening.
The oldest of the three children was 3 years old, according to a felony probable cause affidavit.
A witness called the Conway Police Department at 9:01 p.m. Sunday saying he "noticed three very small children left unattended in [a] vehicle for approximately 5-10 minutes before calling it in."
Police arrived on scene at 9:09 p.m., and the children had been left unattended since 8:50 p.m., the affidavit states.
The man who called authorities said he noticed the children were in the black Lexus out in the parking lot because "he could hear the children screaming from inside the car."
Officer Brittany Byrd was the first from CPD to arrive on scene in front of Target. As she walked up to the suspect vehicle, she could see one of the children was sitting in a car seat and the other two "were standing in the back seat."
"I spoke to the two older children through the window and asked them to open the door for me, which they did without question or hesitation," Byrd wrote in her report.
The children were unable to tell authorities where their parents were and also did not know their parents' names.
"I tried to ask the children who they had been with and they were only able to say, 'Mommy and Trey,'" the report states.
Sgt. Tom Kennedy and Detective Tim Gray also responded to the scene and began working to figure out who the kids' parents were.
At around 9:31 p.m., a little more than 40 minutes after the children were discovered, a couple walked out of Target and the children began to yell: "Mommy, Mommy!"
Miracle Faithe Douglas, 23, and her boyfriend, Herman Austin II, 22, were arrested on scene.
Douglas is the mother of the 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old children who were reportedly left in the vehicle. According to the affidavit, she is currently pregnant with Austin's child. Both were charged with three felony counts of child endangerment.
The couple appeared via video arraignment before District Judge Chris R. Carnahan on Monday. Carnahan ordered the two to remain behind bars in lieu of a $10,000 bond and issued no contact orders that bar the couple from communicating with the children involved in the case.
Douglas and Austin are scheduled to appear next in Faulkner County Circuit Court on June 17 for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the aforementioned case.