Daily Light Managing Editor

An Ellis County grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old Ennis woman on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child.

Maria Ruth Alvarado is charged with leaving her 5-month-old child alone in a vehicle at the Ennis Wal-Mart for at least 20 minutes, if not longer, chief felony prosecutor Don Maxfield said of the March incident.

“A passerby heard the baby crying,” Maxfield said, noting the vehicle was locked, with police contacted to respond to the scene.

DWI charge

Leslie Kare Bennington, 46, of Midlothian was indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child younger than age 15 in the vehicle.

Bennington was involved in a one-vehicle accident in May in Midlothian, with police arresting her for driving while intoxicated after they arrived, Maxfield said, noting the passengers included a 10-year-old boy and an 18-year-old.

Prohibited weapons charge

Jaime Dron Brunk, 19, of Ennis was indicted on a charge of prohibited weapons relating to an incident in March where Ennis ISD police found him in possession of a butterfly knife in the junior high campus plaza.

Couple charged

Paul Evans, 53, and Gina Evans, 40, of Ennis were each indicted on felony charges of abandon/endangering a child and possession of a controlled substance.

The charges relate to a sheriff’s office task force search warrant that was executed at their residence in July, Maxfield said, noting a child was at the residence when the drugs were found.

Engaging in organized criminal activity

Three Dallas men were indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity relating to an incident in July in Red Oak.

“This concerned several burglaries of vehicles at an apartment complex,” Maxfield said, noting the men were taken into custody near the scene after police made a traffic stop.

The men were David Pelajio, 18; Adan Zermeno, 19; and Jose Zermeno, 21.

“Items were recovered,” Maxfield said.

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