Killeen: Indictment returned against mother of girls left home alone

The woman, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as Lydia Ivette Gonzalez and in online jail records as Lydia Ivette Padron, was indicted for oabandoning/endangering a child without intent to return. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A 25-year-old Killeen woman whose 7-year-old daughter called police at around 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 15 to report that she and her 4-year-old sister were home alone was named in an indictment Wednesday that charges abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return.

The woman, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as Lydia Ivette Gonzalez and in online jail records as Lydia Ivette Padron, was arrested after the girl told officers who responded to her call that her mother left home at around 9 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2019 and had not returned home, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

“Officers viewed text messages and calls from (the girl’s) phone to Gonzalez that showed multiple communications in which (the girl) asked her mother to come,” the affidavit says.

“Gonzalez would assure her daughter she was on the way, but never arrived,” the affidavit says.

Officers found a kitchen knife within reach of the two children and garbage, dog feces and urine on the floor, the affidavit says

As officers worked to arrange placement for the girls, Gonzalez sent a text message to the older girl in which she said she was on her way home, but she did not arrive back in the neighborhood until around 8:30 a.m., the affidavit says.

She was arrested initially for a traffic violation.

She told officers “she had gone out to a friend’s house and was drinking and playing cards with her friends,” the affidavit says.

“Gonzalez had fallen asleep and returned home that morning,” the affidavit says.

She had no explanation for why she left the two girls alone “and stated this was not the first time she had done so,” the affidavit says.