Uncle charged with child endangerment after children found wandering the streets

Benicio Villarreal charged with child endangerment.

Benicio Villarreal tried his best to convince Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso that he is innocent of the crime he was accused of committing."They never told me to watch for Natasha-- she goes to the street, Villarreal explained. I was in the room laying down to go to sleep. They didn't even close the gate and now I'm being collared for this when it's not my fault."Villarreal admitted he knew he had to care for two of the children---but said he had no idea about the third. He said if he would have known he might have been more careful."If they would have woken me up and said 'Natasha is here and we're going to close the gate.' It would have been a whole different story."Villarreal TMs 2-year-old nephews and 3-year-old niece were found wandering Victoria Road in Donna on Tuesday. Sheriff investigators said the children were covered in mud and playing in the middle of the street.If it were not for two good Samaritans, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino said this case could have played out differently."They were completely unsupervised, Trevino said. They were right in the middle of an extremely busy road and could've gotten run over. These good Samaritans got the children out of harm TMs way and we're very grateful and indebted to them for doing what they did. I believe they saved those children's lives."Villarreal was charged with three counts of child endangerment and one count of failure to identify.His bond was set at $80,000.