Houston cops performing an apartment welfare check found a nightmare: three siblings abandoned and living with the skeletal remains of a fourth.
“A very horrible situation here, very tragic,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a press conference on Sunday. “I’ve been in this business for a long time and had never heard of a scenario like this. It really took me by surprise.
The surviving children were aged 15, 10 and 7 and had lived in “appalling conditions” for “quite a long time,” Gonzalez said. When asked if he was talking about weeks, the sheriff replied that the children were alone for a much longer period.
“It looks like they were there as the body deteriorated,” he said.
It was not clear where the children’s parents were or how long they had been away from the City Parc II apartment. Someone answering the phone at the management company hung up on a reporter.
“Someone alerted us that we had to check out this apartment,” Gonzalez said, although he added that he didn’t know who that person was.
The deputies sent to the scene found the three unguarded miners and then saw the skeleton, which was uncovered. The age and cause of death of the deceased child were unknown.
“It seems they were basically defending each other. The older brother was doing his best to take care of others, ”Gonzalez said.
“Our hearts are breaking for these three. “
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