Twins found in parking lot, mother wanted for child endangerment

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are looking for a woman accused of child endangerment after her twin four-year-old boys were found wandering the parking lot of a shopping center back in December 2018.

Police responded to a call around 10 p.m. at 9717 North Lamar Boulevard at the Mi Pueblito Discoteca. Two employees at the store noticed the two boys alone in the parking lot. One of the employees told the officers that she first saw the children on the store’s security camera, and brought them inside since they were only wearing t-shirts and shorts and it was and it was a cold night.

The children told the officers where they lived and they were walked home, Police report that the boy’s 15-year-old sister was at the apartment when they arrived. She told officers that she did not know the whereabouts of their mother, 36-year-old Scarleth Gomez-Aguilar, or how to get in contact with her.

According to the affidavit, the 15-year-old sister had a child born back in August of 2018. The grandmother of the baby arrived on the scene and helped investigators contact the mother of the twins. Once authorities were able to get ahold of the mother, she told them she could not leave where she was to come care for the children.

Child Protective Services was able to take custody of the twins and their sister.

The investigating officers reported that the boy’s apartment was roughly 500 feet from the parking lot they were found in. They also state that the road is a high traffic two-way street in an area known for drug and gang activity.

After an investigation of past CPS reports, officers found a history of what they determined to be neglectful behavior from Gomez-Aguilar dating back to 2011. Most of the reports involved Gomez-Aguilar allegedly leaving the children home alone without a way for them to contact her or emergency services.

APD investigators determined that Gomez-Aguilar’s treatment of the children constituted child endangerment and have issued a warrant for her arrest. 

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