LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - The Polk County District Attorney's Office has chosen dismiss its case against one of the two Livingston women who were arrested back in June in connection to allegations that they showered while the three children they were supposedly caring for were playing on a road.
Todd Dillon, and assistant prosecutor for Polk County, said that Rebecca Rene Townley, 33, is the girlfriend of Stormi Gail Cook, the 27-year-old mother of the children. Dillon said that after further investigation, they determined that Townley had no responsibility for the children, so she couldn't be convicted of the child endangerment charge.
The Polk County District Attorney's Office dismissed the case against Townley on Nov. 16.
When the couple was arrested, they were both charged with state-jail felony abandoning or endangering a child. Each woman's bail amount was set at $10,000.
According to an arrest affidavit, deputies were dispatched to FM 3459 on June 15 and saw three children, aged 8, 5 and 3 walking down the road without adult supervision.
The deputy said he met with Cook, who said she thought her stepdaughter was watching them. She said she was showering with her girlfriend, Townley, while they were playing in the road.
The deputy said he met with a witness, who said she was driving on the road and had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting one of the children.
Deputies obtained a warrant for the couple's arrest on June 21. They were arrested on the same day.