Three children found abandoned in Houston apartment next to their brother’s skeleton
Three children, 7, 10 and 15, are found abandoned in Houston apartment next to the decaying remains of their “brother”
- The three siblings and the skeletal remains were found at 3535 Green Crest, Houston, after police were asked to conduct a welfare check.
- The children lived in deplorable conditions and had probably been abandoned for a long time
- “Connecting all the dots, it looks like they were there as the body deteriorated,” HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzales said.
- Homicide investigators as well as CPS and child abuse investigators are also working on the case.
Three children, aged 7, 10 and 15, were found living alone in an apartment in deplorable conditions, along with decaying remains which police say belong to their brother.
The siblings and skeletal remains were found at 3535 Green Crest, near Addicks Clodine & Westpark Tollway, in Houston, Texas, at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday after responding to a request for a welfare check.
Sheriff Ed Gonzales said they were living in appalling conditions and the body of the dead child was on full display.
Although there is no indication that the children were locked in the house, they had apparently been abandoned by adults for a long time and “stood up for each other”.
On Sunday, three siblings and skeletal remains believed to belong to a fourth brother were found at 3535 Green Crest in Houston.
HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzales said a unit was dispatched to perform a welfare check at the residence after receiving a call. The body was not hidden
“I think the older brother was doing his best to take care of others,” Gonzales said.
“Connecting all the dots, it looks like they were there as the body deteriorated.”
The HCSO is currently investigating to determine the circumstances that led to the minor’s death and how long the children have been left alone.
Minors are now receiving professional assistance and victim advocates have been made available to help them cope with the trauma.
Only one sibling could be injured, but police said they would not disclose the extent of the injuries at this time.
Homicide investigators as well as CPS and child abuse investigators are also working on the case. It is not known if the children tried to call 911 and ask for help.
The children had apparently been abandoned by the adults for a long time and were “getting along for each other”
Homicide investigators as well as CPS and child abuse investigators are also working on the case.
Residents of the area said management had carried out inspection rounds in the area in the past two weeks.
Police said the investigation was still in the preliminary stages and did not know how long the children had been alone, but added it was likely more weeks.
“Very horrible situation here, very tragic. I’ve been in this business for a long time and I’ve never heard of a script like this, it really took me by surprise, ”Gonzales said speaking to the media on Sunday night.
“We are trying to identify the next king to determine exactly what happened and how we got there … We will make sure to conduct a thorough follow-up investigation,” he added.