Waco: Woman Indicted For Child Abandonment

A Waco woman whose two children were found playing naked behind a local restaurant was named in a two-count indictment Wednesday.

Kristi Kae Courtney (Jail photo)

WACO (February 20, 2013)-- Kristi Kae Courtney of Waco, who was arrested in September after her two children were found playing unsupervised and without clothes behind a local restaurant,was indicted on two counts of abandoning a child Wednesday.

Officers were sent at around 6 p.m. Sept. 29, 2012 to the 1600 block of South 29th Street in response to a report of the two children.

When they arrived they found the two small children, naked, and playing in an alley behind the Bush's Chicken Restaurant, police said.

As the officers approached the children, the two ran into the street, forcing drivers to swerve to keep from hitting them.

Police reported they had problems catching the two children until a woman who later was identified as their aunt showed up to help.

When the children were safe, the officers went into their house to find what police said were less than desirable living conditions.

They found rotting food, cat urine on the carpet, bugs, bug feces, trash on the counters and discovered that a toilet had fallen through the floor, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Officers also reported the children, a boy and a girl both younger than 10, were covered with sores and what appeared to be bug bites.

Officers notified the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which took the children into custody.

Their mother was arrested at the scene after a struggle with officers, Swanton said.

The McLennan County Grand Jury also returned an indictment Wednesday against Ricky Mack Dickens of Corinth charging abandoning a child (enhanced), forgery (enhanced) and fraudulent possession of identifying information (enhanced).

Dickens was arrested in November after an attempt to cash a forged check at the Bellmead H-E-B store.

Bellmead police were sent to the store, where employees reported a man was trying to cash a check they believed to be forged.

By the time police arrived Dickens was walking away from the store with his 9-year-old son, police said.

As officers tried to stop him, Dickens abandoned his son in the store parking lot and tried to escape on foot, police said.

Officers were able to chase him down and arrest him, police said.

When police searched him they found a checkbook and a paper identification document in the same name as the checks.

Police also recovered a small baggie of what they believe to be methamphetamine during a routine search of the patrol car in which Dickens was taken to jail.

Officers also learned during a records check that Dickens was wanted on warrants out of Denton County.

Police contacted state child welfare authorities who took the child into custody.

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