Mission mother jailed for leaving eight children alone in squalid conditions

Laura Sanchez Vasquez

A mother faced a judge in Mission after being accused of leaving eight children home alone in squalid conditions.

Mission police arrested 22-year-old Laura Sanchez Vasquez on multiple counts of child abandonment on Monday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that they learned about what happened when nobody came to pick up a 9-year-old girl from school.

A teacher took the child home and found eight children ranging in ages from 1 to 7 years old all home alone.

Police said the Tulipan Street home smelled of dirt and urine.

Investigators said that the younger children had dirty diapers while the older children were in dirty clothing.

Vasquez, who is mother of three of the eight children left alone, came home around 7 p.m. Monday.

The 22-year-old said six of the children belong to her sister, who is in prison.

Vasquez gave police a fictitious name but police learned her real identity and placed her under arrest.

Investigators said the Vasquez TMs three children were handed over to her father while the other six children are in now in foster care.

Vasquez allegedly told police that she had been out running errands, stopped to visit her ex-boyfriend TMs family and had been drinking.

The Mission mother also police that she was unemployed and was not sure how she supported the children.

A Mission Municipal Court judge issued $23,000 in bonds.

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