Texas mothers Riccy Padilla-Hernandez and Yures Molina accused of leaving 6 children in dire straits

Two Texas mothers have been accused of abandoning their six children and leaving them in utter misery after the children were found covered in dirt, lice and so hungry a one-year-old resorted to eat their own feces, authorities said.

Riccy Padilla-Hernandez, 28, and Yures Molina, 34, both of Houston, were charged with endangering a child after the children – all under the age of 10 – were found alive in destitute conditions, investigators said, according to KPRC.

Padilla-Hernandez’s children were 2, 3 and 7 years old and Molina’s children were 1, 8 and 9 years old. It is unclear whether the two women were friends and relatives, but they both lived under the same roof.

The children were discovered Wednesday after a maintenance worker reported to police that Padilla-Hernandez’s 2-year-old daughter was wandering near a swimming pool on the property, police said. He said the child was barefoot, his daughter, and seemed unattended. When officers from the Houston Police Department arrived on the scene, the girl’s older brother led them to their apartment where the other four children were found.

According to the police report, Molina’s one-year-old son was found in his crib so starved he had eaten his own feces. Molina’s 9-year-old son was covered in dirt and infested with lice, cops said.

One of Padilla-Hernandez’s children has special needs and is unable to care for himself, according to investigators.

While officers responded to the scene, Padilla-Hernandez returned to the apartment. She told police she was “doing her taxes” while she was away, police said.

Molina, who would be seven months pregnant, was not present at the time.

Bail for the two mothers was set at $15,000 each, which they both posted on Friday, according to KPRC. They are expected to appear in court on Monday.

The children were taken into the custody of child protective services.

New York Post

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