According to authorities, witnesses reported seeing the mother trying to set the car on fire in the 4300 block of West Orem.
The woman's three children -- ages 9, 11 and 13 -- were inside the vehicle.
A witness told investigators that the woman revved up the engine until it caught fire, and when the witness intervened, the woman fled on foot with the children.
Pct. 7 deputy constable located female and took her into custody. Children are unharmed. HFD Arson is at scene andinvestigation continues. 4300 W. Orem. 202 https://t.co/ffOZfKh6o1— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 23, 2018
Southwest officers are at the scene of an incident where witnesses reported a mother tried to burn a car while inside with her three daughters 9, 11 and 13. Witnesses intervened and the female fled on foot with the children. pic.twitter.com/wiQItkSeos— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 23, 2018
She was eventually captured and taken into custody by Harris County deputies.
The children were unharmed. A mental health evaluation has been ordered for the woman.
Houston Fire Department Arson is investigating.
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