A mother and aunt in Texas face child neglect charges after police in Liberty County found twin baby girls locked naked in a dirty room without food.
Amy Castillo, 27, was charged with abandonment and endangerment of a child Oct 12. Charges are pending for the girls' mother, Brandy Dominguez, who police said is awaiting trial on an unrelated human trafficking charge.
According to KPRC, officers entered the home in order to check on Dominguez prior to a pre-trial hearing. She wasn't home, but Castillo, her sister, let police inside. While at the home, officers heard scratching at a double-locked door.
KTRK reports that police got permission from Castillo to open the door. When it was unlocked, they found Dominguez's twin girls, age 2, nude inside. Officers said the room smelled strongly of human waste, and that no food or toys were present.
"The condition of the home as I was told by the deputy on the scene was deplorable: very dirty, fly-infested. [The] kitchen was dirty, and the entire environment was one that two twin little girls should not be in," Liberty County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ken DeFoor told the station.
The sheriff's office told KPRC that the girls' mother arrived at the house during the investigation and told them she had only been gone for a short time.
In an interview with KHOU, Dominguez maintained that she hadn't done anything wrong. She said that their beds had been broken, and that "when you’re a low-income family, you can’t really do much."
"What’s hurting me the most is, I wasn’t here and it’s not my fault and I’m being punished. My girls are being punished for something they didn’t do,” Dominguez told the station.
Neighbors interviewed by the KPRC were oblivious to the deplorable conditions inside the trailer home.
"As far as I know, she's a great mom," neighbor Amy Chamness told the station. She said the girls would often play outside with her own children.
Child Protective Services has taken custody of the girls.