Waco police find body of missing boy, take mother into custody

Laura Sanchez (McLennan County Sheriff's Office Photo)
Laura Sanchez (McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Photo)

WACO, Texas (KXAN) — Waco police confirmed they found the body of 2-year-old Frankie Gonzales in a dumpster next to a church Tuesday, and according to police, he “did not die of natural causes.”

Gonzales’ mother, Laura Sanchez, has been booked into jail on first-degree felony injury to a child charge, WPD public information officer Garen Bynum said. The arrest warrant was obtained around noon Tuesday. An Amber Alert was issued for Gonzales on Monday.

Bynum said there could be more charges against Sanchez at a later date.

Frankie Gonzalez. (Courtesy: Texas Alerts)

Police said family members contacted them about Sanchez’s alleged involvement in Gonzales’ death, and police contacted Sanchez, who led them to the child’s body in a dumpster near the intersection of 29th Street and Alice Avenue in Waco.

Bynum said they knew the location of Gonzales around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Bynum clarified that while the initial call came from Cameron Park in Waco, Gonzales was never at the park and that it was likely a diversion set up by Sanchez.

The dozens of Waco community members who spent their evening searching say Sanchez was out there with them.

“None of us knew this baby. There were so many people out here crying,” said a Waco community member. “Why would you put a baby behind a church, that’s cold. When we were at the park last night, she told us… I don’t believe he’s at the park. Let’s start hitting trash cans.”

Waco police confirmed those allegations.

“We believe that was a complete cover-up by [Sanchez],” Bynum said. “Through the investigations that went on through midnight last night, [Sanchez} may have broke a little bit.”

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