Texas Mother Faces Backlash for Leaving Kids Alone During Vacation; Called For Welfare Check During Cruise

A Texas mother has come under fire for allegedly leaving her kids behind to take a vacation.

As detectives entered Lakesha Woods Williams' apartment and discovered her two children alone, they charged her with the felony offense of leaving her children with the intent to return, according to court documents from the Harris County District Clerk's Office.

The mother allegedly abandoned her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son at her Houston residence between April 4 and April 9.

According to the complaint, a witness in the mother's apartment building expressed worry for the kids after learning from other residents that they had been left alone and that they were "worried about their safety." She then asked that a welfare check be made by the authorities.

On April 4, at approximately noon, the mother was observed by the occupants leaving the building with her bags; they did not see her return. According to the neighborhood, this was not the first time the mother had abandoned her kids in this manner.

Upon clearing the flat upon their arrival, deputies discovered that no adults were in the company of the youngsters. The complaint claimed that "the apartment was in a complete disarray and had trash and leftover food all over the unit" in addition to having a strong urine odor.

The kids informed the police that their mother had left them to go on a trip and that they had no idea when she would return. The mother was using a smartphone that she had given her son to stay in contact with him and kept an eye on the kids using a camera in the flat. Later, cops confiscated the phone as proof.

Their aunt received custody of the kids. The mother was not complying with the authorities, they claimed, and had been lying about her location when they attempted to get in touch with her. The amount of her bail is $25,000.


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