WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two girls who were abducted from Round Rock and later found in Colorado will remain in foster care.
After a hearing Tuesday morning, a Williamson County judge granted the Department of Family and Protective Services conservatorship of the two sisters, a 7-year-old and 14-year-old. The children have been in state care since they were found at the beginning of the month.
While they remain in foster care, family visits can be scheduled and the state will continue efforts to place them in an appropriate home.
The girl’s mother, Tonya Bates, 44, was found dead in her home on Dec. 31. Shortly after, police began looking for the girls and roommate Terrence “Terry” Miles, 44. Amber Alerts went out in multiple states. Southern Colorado authorities arrested Miles Jan. 3, and he has been charged in federal court with kidnapping. The girls were found safe with him when deputies arrested him. Miles was brought back to Texas Jan. 18.
While Round Rock police have not elaborated on Bates’ cause of death, federal authorities said she appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma, similar to another case Miles was connected to in Louisiana. Miles is a suspect in her death but he has not been charged with anyting related to her death.