At some point when Amanda Braza was being booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child, she likely had to wonder if the McChicken sandwich was really worth it.
Soon after discovering that McDonald’s had forgotten the sandwich from her order, Braza allegedly put into motion a set of actions that ended with her leaving her young child in a car parked on the railroad tracks in Turlock, according to the Turlock Police Department.
The sight of the car on the railroad tracks caught plenty of attention and ultimately led to Braza’s arrest and Child Protective Services being contacted, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
The incident began a little after 3:30 p.m. Saturday when Braza, 21, and the man and child she was with left the McDonald’s drive through on Countryside Drive. They had turned onto Monte Vista Avenue when Braza discovered a McChicken sandwich was missing from her order. She told the man to turn the car around and head back to the restaurant. He declined and from there a heated argument ensued.
Seeing that the driver was not going to go back, Braza allegedly grabbed the steering wheel and drove the car off the road and onto the railroad tracks.
“She then put the car in park and took the keys out of the ignition and walked away leaving the child in the backseat of the car on the railroad tracks,” Holeman said.
The man took the child out of the car and walked over to the nearby Target store where he contacted the police department. Passersby noticing a car on the railroad tracks had also contacted the police.
Several officers responded to the scene and they were able to find Braza and get the keys back from her. The car was moved off the railroad tracks before any train approached.
Braza was taken into custody and booked into jail, where she remains in lieu of a $50,000 bail.