Mcallen Couple Jenny Ortega and Joe Ortega were placed under arrest when their four year old daughter Melanie was caught eating from a garbage bin in Walmart Store parking lot this Easter Sunday at 1:30 a.m. Eyewitness came forward and called 911 when they notice the couple telling the little girl they were going to go to a party and for her to sit in the bench and not get out of the store. Surveillance video shows the couple arguing in the store at 12:55 p.m. and then exiting with the little girl, Jennifer Ortega can be seen going in and out and finally laying the child in a bench and bending over her giving her a hug. Mcallen PD and Cameron County Child Protective Services were in the process of placing the little girl in a patrol car when Joe Ortega came running up to them telling them they had lost the child while placing groceries in the car, but that story was completely dropped when eyewitness and the little girl pointed out that his dad had left her to go to a a party. Mcallen PD officers drove by Simon Sez bar and they immediately proceeded to handcuff and detain Miss Ortega near the bar.
Both Jennifer Ortega and Joe Ortega remain locked up with a total of 109,000 dollars in bond for one count of child endargememnt, reckless driving and DUI. Mcallen CPS placed Melanie with the care of her maternal grandmother that was called that morning to pick up the child.