Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Child being Smuggled Into USA Found Dead - Is This Child Endangerment?

If I did anything to put my child in danger, DCFS would be on my butt like white on rice. Shouldn't this family be arrested and jailed for Child Endangerment? Or some degree of manslaughter? This is reprehensible!


Family members of a teenager being smuggled in from Guatemala found him dead Thursday in a pickup left at a park in southwest Houston, authorities said.

A woman called the family about 3 p.m., saying their 15-year-old brother was in Houston. They could meet him at Arthur Storey Park, 7400 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S., Houston police said.

"They were told that he was dehydrated and they needed to bring water," said Sgt. Colin Howard, with the HPD homicide division.

The family didn't know how much money they should bring to pay the smugglers, Howard said.

"Money was mentioned, but no amount," Howard said.

The teenager, who has not been identified, was in the back seat of a Ford pickup truck. There was no sign of the smugglers, police said.

The cause of death has not been determined but police said there was no indication that he had been shot.

A family member in Guatemala called about 15 days ago, saying the teenager was making his way to Houston, police said.

The Ford pickup is registered to a local address but HPD investigators said they don't believe it was the vehicle used to smuggle him into the United States.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477

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