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Abandoned children: Houston mother accused of leaving 5 children at home alone for hours without food

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Katerin Celeste Torres Martinez, a Greenspoint-area mother, is accused of abandoning her five young children, one of whom has serious medical needs.

Torres Martinez, 25, was arrested on Wednesday and, according to records, has been charged with abandoning a child with intent to return and endangering a child.

Authorities say Torres Martinez left all five of her children at home alone for several hours, including her 3-month-old, who must wear a colostomy bag.

The housing manager called the police after she and a caretaker observed the children alone at home.

Officers arrived around 3:30 p.m. and found the 18-month-old girl in the parking lot without shoes. The 3- and 4-year-old boys were playing outside, the front door was open and the 8-year-old was inside with the baby, records say.

Authorities said there was expired milk in the fridge, rice and cereal in the pantry, and nothing else.

CPS told a local official that just this week they closed a case against the mother over allegations that she was neglecting the baby’s medical care and not bringing him to doctor’s appointments.

Torres Martinez told police she was only gone eight to 10 minutes to buy milk. Police said they were there for 30 minutes before finally reaching her on the phone and believe the children were left alone for at least four hours.

The Houston Fire Department said the baby’s colostomy bag was full and it looked like it hadn’t been changed in a day.

Authorities said the children were taken to Texas Children’s Hospital to be fed and evaluated.

CPS took custody of all five children and they are now in foster care. A spokeswoman added that they have no public record of the incident’s history.

Torres Martinez will appear in court Thursday night. Prosecutors are asking for sufficient bail and that she stay away from her children as a condition of their bond.

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