Posts Tagged ‘Child Protective Services’

Boy Found Living Inside Texas Walmart For Four Days

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Employees at a Texas Walmart made a startling discovery. A teenage boy was apparently living inside the store for several days.

The 14-year-old wasn’t just hiding, he built two secret compounds inside the store, keeping himself out of sight for four days!

One of his living spots was in the baby product aisle behind boxes of strollers, while the other was behind stacks of paper towels and toilet paper.

The boy even went as far as using the diapers instead of the store restroom to avoid being detected.

Customers at the store never noticed the boy until a trail of trash led employees to him.

Police released the boy to the custody of his relatives. Child Protective Services says the boy was visting other family members when he disappeared.

Baby Kept In a Cage Crawling With Cockroaches

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Detectives responding to an animal cruelty call in Cleveland, Texas, were horrified to discover a one-year-old girl suckling on spoiled milk beside a cage with cockroaches crawling in and out of her diaper.

Police believe mother Mabel Jo Larsen, 32 and the baby’s father, Aaron Michael Parker, 34, kept the child a secret after Child Protective Services took away five of their other children.

Neighbors called the authorities after complaining of a foul smell and unkempt animals – including two horses, 16 dogs and one cat – that appeared emaciated and diseased.

When questioned about the care of the child, Larsen told police that ‘she puts the child in the cage sometimes so that she and the child can get some sleep.’

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Mother pleads guilty to gluing 2-year’s old hand to wall

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

ABC News’ Audree Steinberg reports:

A mother pleaded guilty to first degree injury to a child after reportedly gluing her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall and beating her.

Elizabeth Escalona’s Mugshot

Dallas police said Elizabeth Escalona beat her daughter into a coma after frustration with potty training problems, The Associated Press reported.

“I have no comment and only God can judge me. That’s all I gotta say,” Escalona said Thursdayoutside court.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says that the daughter arrived at the hospital in critical condition, sustaining bruising and blunt force trauma. However, she has made a fast recovery and has no lasting medical issues.

All of Escalona’s children were immediately taken into state custody after the incident took place in September 2011, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The children are currently still in Child Protective Services’ legal custody, but have been placed with a relative.

According to CPS, Escalona had been previously investigated for allegations of abuse and neglect of her older children.

On Sept. 10, Escalona, facing possible life in prison, but also eligible for deferred adjudication, will be sentenced by state District Judge Larry Mitchell, The Dallas Morning News reported. If Escalona receives deferred adjudication, she will not have a criminal conviction.

Both Escalona’s defense attorney and the Dallas District Attorney’s Office declined to comment because the case is still pending.

Boy shows up at school to report mother, sister murdered in his home

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 9-year-old boy arrived at school Monday with a grisly story: His mother and sister were dead at their home four blocks away.

Las Vegas Metro police officer Jacinto Rivera ducks under crime scene tape outside a home where two bodies and an injured man were, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Las Vegas. Police are questioning a man covered in blood at the home where a 9-year-old boy told school officials his mother and sister were dead. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Minutes later, police found the bodies of a 10-year-old girl and her mother — along with a blood-covered father and an unharmed 4-year-old boy — in a modest home in a West Las Vegas neighborhood, authorities said.

The five people belonged to a single family, police Officer Jacinto Rivera said.

The man, who was hospitalized with a head injury, was not immediately identified as a suspect or charged.

Police wouldn’t immediately say how or when the slayings occurred, but Rivera said there was no immediate evidence of a break-in at the home or that a suspect was on the loose.

One neighbor, Lucinda Jackson Griffith, said she heard at least one gunshot early Monday.

Longtime neighbor, Dick Webb, said he had walked past the home less than 90 minutes before the boy arrived at school. He said he didn’t notice anything amiss.

Rivera called it too early in the investigation to determine a motive, and said investigators were working carefully to collect evidence inside the single-story stucco home with a motorcycle and two sport utility vehicles in the driveway.

“We get one shot at a homicide scene. Our No. 1 priority is to find out what happened,” the police spokesman said. “Right now we don’t know what happened.”

Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said the 4-year-old and 9-year-old boys were in the custody of child protective services because they didn’t have an adult caregiver.

Clark County Department of Family Services officials planned to try to locate other relatives before placing the boys together with a foster family, department spokeswoman Christine Skorupski said.

Police cordoned off the entire block near the home during their investigation.

Officials said the boy was uninjured when he arrived at Mabel Hoggard Elementary School, where his older sister also was enrolled.

Principal Celese Rayford declined comment.

Clark County School District spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson wouldn’t describe how or what the boy told school officials, or whether other students were told what happened.

School administrators quickly notified police about the boy’s story and began mobilizing its crisis response team to help students process the tragedy, Fulkerson said.

The campus, with about 450 students in grades kindergarten through 5, was “struggling to sort out emotions and details of a tragedy that claimed the life of a student at home this weekend,” she said.

Students also were being reminded that school “is always a safe zone with caring adults that can help in uncertain situations,” Fulkerson said.