An Ellis County grand jury has indicted several people on charges of endangering a child in non-related cases.
In the first case, Antonio Macias, 42, and Juanita Salazar-Rangel, 43, both of Midlothian were each indicted on a charge of endangering a child as well as charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
The drug task force had executed a search warrant at the couple’s residence, assistant district attorney Patrick Wilson said.
“In the defendants’ residence, they found numerous caches of cocaine and methamphetamine,” he said. “These drugs were readily accessible to a 2-year-old and 4-year-old who were living in the house and were present at the time of the search.”
Child Protective Services was contacted to become involved, he said.
Maldonado Davenport, 35, of Ennis was indicted on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child.
A co-worker had gone to Davenport’s residence to speak with him, with a 3-year-old answering the door, Wilson said.
The police were contacted and found the 3-year-old and six other children - ages 6, 5, 2, 2, 1 and 1 - all unattended in the house, Wilson said, saying officers waited 45 minutes before Davenport arrived home.
Child Protective Services was contacted in the case.
Gina Salazar, 30, of Waxahachie was indicted on an endangering charge relating to a 2004 incident in which police found her 2- and 3-year-old children running around out in the street, Wilson said, noting a warrant was issued, with Salazar recently taken into custody.
Failure to register charged
Jerry King, 47, of Waxahachie was indicted on two charges: failure to register as a sex offender and possession of a controlled substance.
King was previously convicted in 1980 on three charges of aggravated rape and is on parole for those offenses, Wilson said.
“As someone with multiple sex-related offenses, he is required to verify his information with law enforcement every 90 days. He failed to do that,” Wilson said. “At the same time, the narcotics task force received a complaint that there was drug action at his residence.”
A search warrant was obtained and executed at King’s residence, with officers finding methamphetamine, Wilson said.
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