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Mother disowns daughter after grandson found dead in dumpster

Laura Sanchez told police she last saw her son, Frankie Gonzales, early Monday afternoon in the area of the restrooms near the splash pad in the Pecan Bottoms area of Cameron Park. She was charged Tuesday after the boy's body was found in a dumpster.  (Law enforcement photos)
Laura Sanchez told police she last saw her son, Frankie Gonzales, early Monday afternoon in the area of the restrooms near the splash pad in the Pecan Bottoms area of Cameron Park. She was charged Tuesday after the boy's body was found in a dumpster. (Law enforcement photos)(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 1:01 AM CDT
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The mother of a Waco woman accused of killing her two-year-old child disowned her daughter Wednesday.

"I may have had her, but she's not a part of me no more," said Caroline Medina.

Medina's daughter Laura Sanchez, also known as Laura Villalon, 35, led Waco police to a church dumpster Tuesday with her son Frankie Gonzales inside following a frantic overnight search for the boy which led to an Amber Alert being issued Monday.

With bond set at $500,000, Sanchez remained in custody in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday.

Although jail visitation is on hold due to COVID-19, Medina said she wouldn't see her daughter even if she could.

"I don't want to see her at all," Medina told KWTX. "They would have to pull me out of that jail because I would go crazy, I went crazy when I found out that little boy, my grandson, that she put him in the trashcan, I cried, I cried up and down."

Medina said she last saw her grandson last week when her daughter left with him to go to the washateria.

"When she came back over here she didn't have Frankie," said Medina. "She said she left him with a friend."

Medina said she had "no idea" what was going through her daughter's mind, but she believes Frankie's father favored him over her and his sisters.

"Honestly, I think she did it out of jealousy," said Medina.

Volunteers came out in droves to search for Frankie after Sanchez' reported him missing from Cameron Park Monday afternoon.

The community united during the search and was devastated to learn of his death.

"Frankie's not only my grandchild, Frankie's everybody's baby now," said Medina.

During heavily attended candlelight vigils Tuesday night, people continued to demand justice for Frankie.

However, Medina said justice had already been served.

"We got justice with my daughter being incarcerated, with my daughter being locked up," said Medina. "Letting her conscience get to her was all the justice we needed for her to just give up that little boy."

Services for Frankie were still pending Wednesday, family said, as the child's body had not yet returned from Dallas for an autopsy.

"My heart is broken into pieces because that little boy is my heart," said Medina. "He's always going to be my heart."

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