Articles Tagged with child abandonment

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The mother of three children under the age of 7 purportedly had gotten intoxicated and left her little ones at home alone while she went out to eat at a restaurant in the middle of the night.

Blanca Baltazar, 32, is the mom of a 3-year-old and two 7-year-olds, and they live together in a home in Katy, Texas.

Very early Sunday morning, Baltazar allegedly decided to grab a bite to eat at a restaurant in Cypress, which is approximately 22 miles from Katy.

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On Wednesday evening around 8:30 pm, a woman heard frantic knocking at her front door as well as the ringing of her doorbell several times in a period of just a few seconds.

When she responded and answered the door the woman saw a 2-year-old child standing unattended on her front porch with a couple of bags next to him. The woman alerted the authorities for assistance in the situation and the police and child protective services went to her home.

The woman who owns the home where the boy was left has a surveillance camera hidden inside of her doorbell and it recorded the events leading up to the toddler ending up alone on the doorstep.

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On Friday, the parents of two young boys who authorities allege tried to trade their children for money, or possibly drugs, have entered a plea of no contest to charges of felony attempted child abandonment.

Lancaster residents Vincent Calogero and Sarah Nilson, the parents of two toddlers, were reportedly under the influence of a controlled substance when they began offering the children to strangers. The sheriff’s department speculated that they were trying to give the boys away in order to obtain cash or narcotics.

Deputies dispatched to the family’s home to investigate reported child abuse and arrested 38-year-old Calogero and 32-year-old Nilson.