Judge: Girl kept in closet to remain in foster care

Robert Ines

A judge has ruled that a girl locked in a closet for a year by her parents will remain in foster care for now.

Leticia and Roberto Ines appeared before a Child Protective Services (CPS) judge in Brownsville on Thursday morning.

The two parents are accused in an injury to a child and unlawful restraint case after allegedly keeping the girl confined to a closet for a year.

Authorities placed the girl and her three half-brothers in foster care after the couple's arrest two weeks ago.

The media and non-immediate family members were barred from the Thursday moring court hearing but Action 4 News learned the children will remain in foster care.

Sources said the girl will remain in foster care while the boys will stay with a relative.

One of the couple's children will turn 18 years old and leave CPS custody at that time.

Action 4 News learned that Leticia Rios is the biological mother of the girl and her three brothers but that all of them have different fathers.

Criminal charges remain pending against the couple but another hearing for the CPS case is scheduled for March 24th.