WACO, Texas (KWTX) The mother and two older brothers of a toddler found wandering early Tuesday in the parking lot of a Waco apartment complex were arrested after police discovered handguns and drugs in easy reach of the boy in the family’s apartment.
Officers were sent at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to the Wood Hollow Apartments at 4502 Lake Shore Drive after a resident found the toddler alone in the parking lot.
They eventually tracked down one of the toddler’s brothers and determined the boy and his family lived in an apartment in the complex along with a second brother and the boy’s mother, police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Tuesday.
“During their investigation and a check of the apartment, officers discovered two handguns that would have been accessible to the child and marijuana stashed in a baby stroller,” Swanton said.
Officers also found methamphetamine, heroin, edible marijuana Gummy Bears and drug paraphernalia, Swanton said.
“Officers discovered that the toddler involved in this event had access to actual Gummy Bear vitamins. They were found in close proximity to the marijuana Gummy Bears located in the apartment,” he said.
The toddler’s mother, Rosa Laura Galindo, 38, and two brothers, Osvaldo Aaron Ramirez, 19, and Tomas Jecel Ramirez, 21, were arrested.
All three were charged with abandoning/endangering a child.
Galindo was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and she and Tomas Ramirez were also named in outstanding traffic warrants, he said.
Osvaldo Ramirez was held in the McLennan County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bond.
His mother and brother also remained in jail late Tuesday morning, but their bonds had not yet been set, according to online records.
Waco police Victim Services personnel took the toddler to the Waco Police Department where he was later released to the custody of an uncle.
Police notified Child Protective Services, Swanton said.