SAN DIEGO -- A woman charged with stealing an SUV left running with small children inside told 10News she doesn’t remember doing it, but she does remember being arrested in the SUV in National City.
Surveillance video from a Valero gas station on East Main Street shows Alexia Mattier, 25, walking across the street to the Valero parking lot and looking around as she stands next to an SUV.
Moments earlier, a father left the SUV running and two children in the back seat while he ran into the convenience store for an energy drink.
“Actually, no, I really don’t remember doing it. Like, I really don’t know how I got in the car or anything,” Mattier told 10News during a jailhouse interview.
Mattier said she was not on drugs and has never had a blackout before.
“I remember, the only thing I remember is like, getting pulled over, like, that’s the only thing I remember,” Mattier said.
Mattier said she didn’t know the kids were in the backseat until the officer stopped her about 10 minutes later.
“Well yeah, that’s when I seen them. That’s when I seen them,” Mattier said.
Mattier said she gave birth to a baby girl just fourteen days before the incident. The hospital kept the baby, she said.
10News asked her what she wants to say to the father she’s accused of stealing the SUV from?
“I actually don’t know what to say, you know, because it’s not my fault, you know. I don’t know what to say to him,” she said.
Mattier faces 14 years in prison for kidnapping and car theft if convicted.