Weslaco police investigating after 3-year-old child found wandering alone
Weslaco police advise parents to transform their homes into child-proof environments after a three-year-old child was found wandering alone Monday morning.
Police say the child has since been returned to the parents, but an investigation is underway.
“Unfortunately, what happened in this case: A mom left to work, the door was closed, but she forgot to lock it," said Weslaco Police Department officer Juan Mariscal. “The three-year-old child walked out.”
No arrests or charges have been made as of Tuesday evening.
In cases that involve the abuse or neglect of a child, it is protocol for agencies to contact Child Protective Services (CPS), which conducts a separate civil investigation.
CPS would then look into the case for neglectful supervision, according to the agency. As part of their investigation, they review allegations, but do not press charges. The goal of the agency is to assure the child is safe. CPS also works to help families explore ways in preventing situations, like child endangerment and abandonment of a child occurring.
There are a number of cases similar to the one that occurred on Monday, but Weslaco police and CPS want parents to know that each case is investigated. In addition, the type of charges are determined by several elements, including the level of intention of leaving a child unattended.
To keep children safe, Mariscal advises parents to transform their homes into child-proof environments, which can be done in inexpensive ways.
"Simple things that are very inexpensive, little bells hanging from the door--whether it'd be the door, the child's door,” said Mariscal.
Weslaco police continues to investigate the case.