Woman allegedly abandons children

55801f29bb731.imageA Midland woman was arrested Friday after allegedly abandoning three children who were under her care, according to court documents.

Jessica Rodriguez, 28, was charged with three state felony counts of abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return. She was being held Monday on a $30,000 bond, according to the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the affidavit, Midland police officers responded to the Waterford Lakes apartment complex on North Loop 250 at 12:25 a.m. on Friday in reference to a burglary. When they arrived they made contact with three juveniles in an apartment by themselves, and the officers took them into their patrol car for their safety.

After the officers had cleared the apartments, they returned the juveniles to where they were found. When the officers asked where the juvenile’s guardian was, they replied that she was out on a date. Upon entering the apartment the officers alleged finding empty liquor boxes, clothes strewn about the residence, a backed up toilet and trash across the residence.

The affidavit states that the juveniles had been left alone since 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The officers went to find their guardian, later identified as Rodriguez. The officers found Rodriguez at the Club Arriba and detained her. When they did a warrant check, they found that she had two warrants out for driving with an invalid license and speeding. The officers arrested her.

The officers allege that Rodriguez told them that she had left the juveniles with a relative when she went out and that they were sleeping. Before the officers could read Rodriguez her Miranda Rights, she allegedly said “I did leave the children at home by themselves.” When read her Constitutional rights, she denied to speak to the officers.

If convicted of the three state jail felonies, Rodriguez faces up to six years in prison.

Source: Midland Reporter-Telegram