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Houston authorities investigating potential case of neglect, homicide after finding 3 children under age of 18, human remains in

Randy Mancini 12 October 25, 2021
Police lights via AP.

Police lights via AP.

Three children under the age of 18 have been found seemingly abandoned in a Houston apartment complex.

“Very horrific situation here, very tragic. We’ve been in this business for a long time and I had never heard of a scenario like this. It really caught me by surprise,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office upon the grim discovery.

Houston authorities are now investigating a possible case of child neglect and even homicide. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported finding three children, reportedly a 15-year-old, a 10-year-old and a seven-year-old abandoned and living alongside human remains during a welfare check on Sunday.

The department said the oldest sibling had called the department to let them know his 9-year-old brother had been dead for a year and that their parents hadn’t lived in the apartment for several months. Skeletal remains were found in the apartment.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez updating media at 3535 Green Crest. Three juveniles were found alone in a home, along with a deceased juvenile. Homicide investigators long with CPS and Child Abuse investigators are on scene. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/SpJXHbBswy

— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) October 25, 2021

“They’ve been here for an extended period of time. At the same time, we also have the skeletal remains of what appears to be a juvenile,” said Gonzalez. “It appears to have been there for also an extended period of time. We don’t know how long, that will be part of the forensic investigation.”

The sheriff said the two younger children appeared to be malnourished and have physical injuries, adding it’s unclear if they had been attending school. All three were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The remains, believed to belong to the children’s sibling, will be examined by a coroner in order to confirm the identity and cause of death. Police have located the kids’ mother and her boyfriend and brought them in for questioning, but they have since been released. No charges have been filed yet, however, the investigation is still ongoing.

In the meantime, the three children are in the custody of the county.

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