HOUSTON -

Houston police arrested a mother who is accused of leaving a baby inside a hot car.

Officers and firefighters were called to the 9000 block of Bellaire Boulevard on Saturday after witnesses say they saw a baby had been left inside a car.

Just as an officer was about to break the car window, HPD said the mother, Violeta Jazmin Chavez, showed up to claim the baby.

HPD said Chavez refused to tell officers where she had been while the baby was inside the car.

Police said the baby had been inside the car for at least 20 minutes.

HFD transported to the 18-month-old baby to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital to be checked out by doctors. We're told the little boy will be fine. He was released to his father's care.

Chavez was arrested and charged with endangering a child. She has posted a $2,000 bond.