The two toddlers were found “alone, shepherded and caged” in the bedroom of a woman’s two-story apartment, police said.
Priscilla Ann Salais, 37, was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday on two counts of endangering a child after police made a disturbing discovery in Texas.
On Sunday afternoon, officers received a 911 call from a woman asking to help check on her grandchildren, who were believed to be in a locked bedroom, according to Salais’ arrest affidavit. .
Not long after, firefighters entered the room of an apartment on block 400, Bailey Avenue and found two small children inside.
According to the affidavit, the two-year-old girl was tied wrists and ankles together.
According to reports, she has visible injuries, including black eyes and bloodied lips, according to KSAT.
The toddler, just one year old, was found in a crib completely “covered” by a baby cot and a changing table.
The child is trapped inside.
The affidavit said the boy’s diaper was “very dirty.”
Salais is believed to have been given temporary custody of the children as their parents are being investigated by Child Protective Services.
Salais is not a licensed adoptive parent in the state of Texas, a CPS representative told KSAT.
“What she did to these children is unforgivable,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said of Tuesday’s arrest.
While in custody, Salais denied the charges against him, telling reporters to “get the facts straight” about the incident.
She kept her head down, constantly assuming the information was untrue and telling everyone to go and ask her grandmother what happened.
“What she did to these children is unforgivable.”
Sheriff William McManus
The children’s mother, Isabella, claims that Salais is her stepmother.
Isabella told KSAT she trusts Salais to take care of her children.
“I’m sorry it went too far,” Isabella said. “I should never have trusted anyone with them.”
The children were transferred to CPS.
A sum of $75,000 was placed for each count against Salais, for a total of $150,000.
As of Wednesday afternoon, she had not yet applied for bail.
The Sun has reached out to SAPD for comment.
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