MIDLOTHIAN – Midlothian police officers dispatched to a welfare concern call about a small child subsequently arrested three people on child endangerment and drug charges.
Officers responded to the 200 block of S. 5th St. at about 7 p.m. Aug. 1 after word was received that a small child was sitting unattended and outside of its residence.
Officers Kyle Boyd, Larry Barber and Stephen Cooper arrived to find a diaper-clad 2-year-old sitting outside alone and in temperatures of about 106 degrees Fahrenheit, according to information released by the department.
“The officers heard another child crying from inside this residence and made entry through an open door after receiving no response from inside the residence,” Capt. Don Cole said. “Officers immediately noticed the strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the residence and discovered a crying 6-month-old child in the kitchen floor of the residence.”
The residence was itself hot, Cole said, saying that the officers removed the baby and then continued to check for other occupants, locating two adult females and one adult male in what was the only air-conditioned room in the home.
“Officers attempted to wake these individuals and after several attempts the individuals finally responded to officers,” Cole said, noting that Midlothian Fire Department personnel evaluated all of the residence’s occupants.
Investigators with the police department secured a search warrant for the residence, locating marijuana, digital scales and drug paraphernalia inside, Cole said.
Police and jail records identified the three people arrested as Mauricia-Ann Herrera, 20, Juanio Bacaloo Herrera, 29, and Michelle Evett Cisneros, 33.
All three were booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center on two counts of abandoning or endangering a child and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces in a drug-free zone. Total bonds of $105,000 were set for each of the three individuals.
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