(MCT) -- A Hudson woman remained in the Angelina County Jail Tuesday afternoon on a charge of child endangerment for allegedly padlocking her 9-year-old son in their trailer on a day he stayed home sick from school in February.
Rosa Garcia, 43, faces up to two years in state jail for the incident alleged to have taken place Feb. 19.
Around 12:15 p.m. that day, a Hudson Police officer received a tip from a Hudson ISD officer of a 9-year-old boy being home alone. The HISD officer learned of the situation after going to the home to speak to Garcia about another of her children, according to an arrest affidavit. When the school officer knocked on the door, the 9-year-old opened the door only a crack because the door was padlocked, according to an arrest affidavit. The school officer told the Hudson officer there didn’t appear to be a lock on the back door and that he may want to check on the boy later to see if the parent had arrived.
At 2 p.m., the Hudson officer went by the house and knocked several time but got no answer. Just as he was about to leave, a neighbor came outside, telling him that no one had been at the home since the school officer left.
The office then noticed someone walk by a window near the kitchen and began knocking on the door again, identifying himself as a police officer.
“Finally the boy came to the door and again, could only crack it a little bit,” the officer’s report stated. “I told him to go to the back door to talk.”
That is when the officer reportedly discovered the back door was also padlocked shut and required a key to open.
“With both doors padlocked, I became concerned for the boy’s safety,” the officer’s report stated, adding that he pried the lock off the front door. “I contacted Child Protective Services while on scene and while speaking with them, Mrs. Garcia returned. She immediately wanted to know who messed up her lock and who called the cops.”
After explaining the situation about the school officer’s visit earlier in the day, the Hudson officer asked how the boy would be able to get out of the home in an emergency.
Garcia then walked over and pointed to the front window but was unable to open it more than six inches. She said her other son had taken the keys to the locks when he left for school, the affidavit stated.
The officer told Garcia she had put her son in severe danger and asked why she didn’t take him with her. She reportedly said he was sick and had to stay home, adding that it was other son’s fault for taking the keys. The officer then explained to her that it is her responsibility to care for her son and make sure he is safe.
Because Garcia left her son in a locked home with no reasonable way to exit, Garcia is being charged with child endangerment, according to the affidavit.