Liberty County mother, aunt face charges after twin girls found in locked room

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on October 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 3:23 PM

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – An aunt faces charge after twin 2-year-old girls where found locked in a room nude and without food Saturday morning in Liberty County, deputies said.

According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Amy Castillo, 27, is charged with abandonment/endangerment of a child, while charges are pending against her sister, Brandy Dominguez, 30, the mother of the twins.

Investigators said that at 8:55 a.m. Cpl. Michael Strait, with the Sheriff’s Office, was called to meet Federal Probation Officers after they had gone to the residence located on County Road 2283 to check on Dominguez since she is on pre-trial release for a human trafficking charge.

Dominguez was not at home when they arrived but Castillo, the twins’ aunt, was and allowed the officers to enter the home.

The officers said they heard scratching coming from a door leading to a bedroom. With Castillo’s permission, the double-locked door was opened and the officers found the twins in the room. But Dominguez says there is no double lock on the door.

“They were not dressed, they were in a diaper,” said Dominguez.

Both girls were nude and did not have any food or toys, officers said. Strait said there was only one blanket on the floor and the room smelled strongly of human waste.

“Their beds got broken, but I’m in the process. When you’re a low-income family, you can’t really do much. I don’t even know what to think right now. My cousin hand-made these dresses for them for Halloween. They’re going to be twin Cinderellas for Halloween, and now I don’t get to take them,” said Dominguez.

Child Protective Services took the children away.

“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,” the mother said. “They’re going to a place where they don’t know anybody. Don’t know their schedule. Cici is allergic to several things, they don’t know that. They don’t know that they like to watch ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Little Mermaid.’ Their milk has to be chocolate milk.”

The mother wants her children back.

“They are miracle babies. I had cancer and I couldn’t get pregnant,” Dominguez said.

Liberty County EMS was summoned to the scene and checked the girls’ physical condition, which appeared to be satisfactory. Child Protective Services was contacted and they will do a case evaluation on the disposition of the twin girls.

The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of preparing a case to forward to the District Attorney’s office for possible charges against Dominguez.

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