HOUSTON -

A mother appeared in court Friday after she allegedly left her child at an ice cream store while she went to work.

Tijuana Williams is charged with endangering a child. Investigators say on Dec. 3 she dropped her 7-year-old daughter off at Cafe Dolce Gelato in the Galleria, then went to work at Nordstorms.

Staff told the girl to call her mother, but she refused to pick her up.

Police arrested Williams later in the day.