HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson Police officers arrested a 43-year-old woman on Tuesday for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old son home alone sick for several hours with padlocks on both the front and back doors of her home back in February.
Rosa Isiela Garcia is still being held in the Angelina County on a state-jail felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child and misdemeanor no driver's license charge. No bail has been set for the abandoning a child charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Hudson Police officer was contacted by a Hudson ISD officer about a young boy being left home alone at a home in the 3000 block of Ted Trout on February 19. The Hudson ISD officer said he went to the home to talk to a parent about a student he had taken to juvenile detention.
The HISD officer told the Hudson officer that there was a padlock on the outside of the front door and that he might want to check the back door.
When the Hudson Police officer went to the residence, no one answered when he knocked on the front door. A neighbor came out and asked what was going on, the officer told her that a school police officer had been by earlier to talk to the occupant of the home and said a child had been left home alone, but someone must have come by and gotten the child.
The woman told the Hudson Police officer that no one had been by her neighbor's house since the HISD officer had been there. After the Hudson Police officer went back to the home, knocked, and identified himself as a police officer, a young boy opened the door. The boy could only crack the door a little because of the padlock, according to the affidavit.
Because the officer couldn't understand the boy, he told him to go to the back door. When the officer went to the back door, he noticed a latch on the outside of the door that prevented it from being opened from the inside.
The officer told the boy, who was later identified as a 9-year-old, to open the door, but the boy said there was a lock on the inside of the door that needed a key.
Because the officer was concerned about the boy's safety, he went around to the front of the house, and pried the padlock off the front door. The boy told the officer that he had stayed home from school that day because he was sick and that he didn't know where his mother was.
While the Hudson officer was talking to Child Protective Services, Garcia returned home.
"She immediately wanted to know who messed up her lock, and who called the cops," the affidavit stated.
The Hudson officer explained why he was there and asked why the woman left her 9-year-old son locked inside her home with no way out. She said her oldest son, the one that went to juvenile detention, took the keys with him when he went to school, the affidavit stated.
When asked how she expected her son to get out of the house in an emergency, Garcia allegedly walked over to a front window that was about three and a half feet off the ground, but could only open it about six inches.
According to the affidavit, the officer tried to explain the severity of the situation to Garcia, she again said it was all her oldest son's fault because he took the keys with him. The officer replied that her 9-year-old son was her responsibility, and that she was supposed to make sure he is safe.