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Two Texas Mothers Charged After Allegedly Abandoning 6 Children in Filthy Conditions
Yures Molina and Riccy Padilla-Hernandez face charges after Houston Police say they discovered six abandoned children in a townhome.
Two Texas women were charged with endangering the welfare of a child after they allegedly abandoned their children in a townhouse — leaving them in egregious conditions.
Houston Police arrested Yures Molina, 34, and Riccy Padilla-Hernandez, 28, on Wednesday around 3:30 pm after finding their six children — all under the age of 10 years old — covered in lice and filth, according to local news outlet KPRC, which cited court documents in the case.
Earlier that day, a maintenance worker found a barefoot 2-year-old wandering near the swimming pool on the property. When local police arrived, the toddler's 7-year-old brother led authorities to a townhome where four more children were discovered, a Houston Police Department spokesperson told Oxygen.com.
According to New York Post, one of Padilla-Hernandez’s children has special needs and is unable to care for himself. Investigators say Molina’s 1-year-old son, who was found in a crib, had been starved and left to eat his own waste, according to KPRC.
While it was not clear whether Padilla-Hernandez and Molina were relatives or friends, the two women and their children resided in the townhouse together, according to reports.
Padilla-Hernandez returned to the scene while officers were still at the complex. KPRC reports that she said she'd been out “doing her taxes.” Molina, who KPRC reports is seven months pregnant, was not at the scene.
The six children have been put into the care of Children’s Protective Services.
The bond was set at $15,000 for Padilla-Hernandez and Molina. Both women posted bail on Friday and are expected to appear in court on Monday, reports KPRC.