CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested a 28-year-old woman on a felony child abandonment or endangerment charge Thursday after her 7-year-old son was found crying and running down the street.
According to the arrest affidavit, he told police that his mother had hit, him, thrown him around, and scratched him.
Elana Gonzalez, of Crockett, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony abandoning or endangering a child.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Crockett PD officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Clark Street in regard to a child welfare concern at about 8:49 p.m. Thursday. The caller, a former Child Protective Services employee, told the dispatcher than a 7-year-old was crying and running down the street and that he had told the person that his mother had hit and scratched him.
The CPD sergeant who got to the scene first talked to Gonzalez at her home and she explained that it was her son that had been running down the street. The officer asked Gonzalez was at that moment, and she said that he was across the street, and everything was okay, the affidavit stated.
At that point, the Crockett PD sergeant talked to the 7-year-old boy, who "was still very upset." The boy told the officer that his mother had hit him, thrown him around, and scratched him, the affidavit stated.
The two CPD officers noticed a large, red abrasion on the boy's chest and a long scratch mark on his right elbow that was about 4 inches long. In addition, the boy's ear was very red.
According to the affidavit, the boy told police that his mother had pulled him by his ear. He also told them that he wanted to go to his dad's house, and Gonzalez wouldn't let him. She allegedly took him into the bedroom, and "hurt him," the affidavit stated.
When the officers confronted Gonzalez about the boy's injuries, at first, she told them that they were from when the child was playing with other kids in the neighborhood. She later changed her story and said that the injuries occurred when the boy was trying to leave the house, and she tried to stop him.
Then one of the officers spoke to Gonzalez' neighbors, who told him the same thing the caller had told the 911 dispatcher. They said that the boy had told them that his mother had hit and hurt him before he ran over to their house, the affidavit stated.
Gonzalez tried to get the boy from her neighbor's house, and he ran off again, according to the affidavit. The neighbors assisted in catching the boy. When the former CPS worker caught the boy, he was two blocks away from his home.
The former CPS worker released the boy into the neighbors' custody before he or she called 911.
Gonzalez was arrested at the scene and taken to the Houston County Jail.