SHOCKING video showed the moment a mother desperately tried to climb onto the bonnet of her car with her two children inside after it was stolen by another unknown woman.
Police said 33-year-old Melody Maldonado parked her white Hyundai Santa Fe outside a store in New Mexico and was pushed by another woman when she returned.
The assailant got into her vehicle and drove off, prompting the mother to try and stop the thief but to no avail.
“She must have heard me. I was shouting at her to stop and that my children were in the car,’ she told the Daily Mail.
“She kept going. We went a good distance… she was swerving so I fell.”
Maldonado ran back into the convenience store, not realizing he had a broken leg, and told the clerk to call the police.
The woman’s six-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son were in the vehicle.
“I didn’t care what happened to the car. I just wanted my kids back,” Maldonado said.
The Hobbs Police Department was able to locate the car after realizing the suspect had abandoned a six-year-old child in the intersection before trying to escape from officers.
Maldonado believes the suspect threw her daughter out of the car because the girl had a phone and probably thought the police could be following them.
The mother said her daughter, Ma’Rey, was shaken after the ordeal, but that good Samaritans took care of her and reported it to the police.
The suspect was identified as Regina Castillo, 29, who exited the car and attempted to run from police.
Castillo was found hiding behind a pickup truck and was arrested.
He faces charges of car theft, but police discovered he had three active warrants for his arrest.
Castillo faces charges including failure to appear on charges of concealing identity, shoplifting and failure to appear for a traffic violation.
Her criminal record shows she was charged with battery on a household member, two counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer, shoplifting and forgery.
The children were treated by EMS and eventually reunited with their mother.
Maldonado was treated for a broken leg and “a bunch of road rash.”