Man Faces 1400 Years In Prison After Spending 11 Hours At A Buffet While His Wife And 9 Malnourished Children Waited Hungry In The Van


Alex Cortez (29) of Oxnard California was arrested leaving a Golden Corral buffet. Alex had spent the last 11hrs at the all you can eat restaurant while his 9 children and wife waited for him in the family van out in the parking lot. A cook from the restaurant noticed the woman and children in the van when he arrived for his shift and 11hrs later when he left for the day, they were still inside the van. It was then he called police.

When authorities arrived, his wife Vivian (30) and children ages; 9,8,7,6,6,4,2,2, and 1 were all dirty, hungry, and malnourished. The 3 youngest in soiled diapers crying. As police were running the License plate to find the name of the registered owner, one of the children cried “Papa” to which a large and robust man responded with a wave. 3 officers were needed to handcuff and restrain the delinquent father.

“Mr. Cortez will be punished to the absolute fullest extent of the law. She is without excuse for her actions”, Ventura County DA Gregory D. Totten.

Apparently this is an ongoing routine with Alex and his family. “Once a month he takes them all to the buffet. Never in a million years did we think he left them in the car while he spends all day eating. Right now the state has the children, but rest assured my husband and I will be supporting Vivian in her pursuit of full custody for the kids”, Alex’s mother Ruthie Cortez.

As of now the children have not spoken against their father. Many believe they are in fear of him. Alex tried to distance herself from the cruelty by saying, “They didn’t want to come in. My wife and kids wanted to wait in the car while I ate”. His explanation seems really doubtful. Gold Corral has banned Mr. Cortez from all its eating establishments and the county of Ventura is building a case against the selfish father that could put him away for up to 1400 years in prison where he will not be getting his fill of food.


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