Police find 3 toddlers left unattended for days in home

BAKERSFIELD - Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department were sent to an East Bakersfield apartment where three toddlers were left unattended.

Officers said that at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, they were sent to the 1300 Block of Niles Street regarding a child-endangerment call.

Bakersfield police said they received a call at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday from a concerned neighbor who said there were three young juveniles from under a year to three years old, left abandoned in the apartment.

Officers said the toddlers appeared to be malnourished, the apartment was in substandard living conditions and the kids have medical issues.

When officers first arrived, one of the juveniles had to be transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

"There's very little food in the house, the children are going to need medical attention. Will be investigating this as a possible child endangerment," said Sgt. Damon Youngblood.

Youngblood said it's unclear how long the children were left in the home, however initial reports stated the mom left on Tuesday.

Family members said the mom did not abandon her kids.

"She is in the hospital. She's been for two days, because she's had surgery, she had kidney stones,"
said Eddie Gonzalez, brother-in-law.

Gonzalez said he checked on the kids but said it wasn't his responsibility to take care of them, it was his uncles job.

Officers say because of the poor conditions of the apartment it will be deemed uninhabitable.


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