Two jailed after toddler found wandering in cold weather
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:55:43 GMT —
A motorist driving by B.L. Garza Middle School spotted an 18-month-old boy wandering along Mon Mack Road.
The toddler was alone in the cold wearing only a onesie.
"The temperatures at that time were low mid-30s and for a 1 year old child [and] for the weight of that child, the cold will set in quickly. Hypothermia can set in very quickly," explained Chief Perez.
He said in this weather, things could have ended a lot worse.
Fortunately, one of his officers, Rosalio Contreras, was nearby.
"[The child] could have dodged into the street. It TMs a busy street with the traffic of dropping off and picking up students [and] the weather conditions|the child is just very lucky he was recovered and taken to the school for evaluation for his condition.
The child was checked out, but as a precautionary measure authorities called an ambulance.
Edinburg PD, who is investigating, said it took a while to locate the parents.
"They did run upon an apartment-they found the door was ajar, they heard music coming from inside. They did make contact with a male and female who were asleep," said Edinburg Police Lt. Oscar Trevino.
The 34 year old father was found asleep on the couch.
The 33 year old mother was sleeping in the bedroom.
Police say the couple was unaware that the boy had gotten out of the house. The family lives in an apartment on Sarah Evans, which is right across the street from where the boy was found.
Action 4 went back to speak to relatives; however, they did not want to speak to us on camera.
Edinburg Police said the couple have two other children.
All three kids are in the care of relatives.
Child protective services has been notified and are now looking into the case.
Both the mother and father are expected to be arraigned on charges of child endangerment tomorrow afternoon.