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Three children are found abandoned inside Houston apartment next to skeleton of their sibling


Three children, 7, 10, and 15, are found abandoned inside Houston apartment next to the decomposing remains of their ‘sibling’

  • The three siblings and skeletal remains were found at 3535 Green Crest, Houston, after police were asked to do a welfare check 
  • The children were living in deplorable conditions and had likely been left abandoned for a long period of time 
  • ‘Connecting all the dots, it seems they were in there while the body was deteriorating,’ HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzales said 
  • Homicide investigators along with CPS and Child Abuse investigators are also working on the case 


Three children, ages 7, 10, and 15, were found living alone in an apartment in deplorable conditions, along with decomposing remains that police believe belong to their sibling.

The siblings and skeletal remains were found at 3535 Green Crest, near Addicks Clodine & Westpark Tollway, in Houston, Texas, around 4.30 pm on Sunday, after responding to a request for a welfare check. 

Sheriff Ed Gonzales said they were living in deplorable conditions and that the body of the dead child was on full display.

While there were no indications that the children were locked in the house, they had seemingly been abandoned by adults for a long period of time and were ‘fending for each other.’  

Three siblings and skeletal remains presumed to be of a fourth sibling were found at 3535 Green Crest in Houston on Sunday 

HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzales said an unit was sent to do a welfare check at the residence after receiving a call. The body was not concealed

HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzales said an unit was sent to do a welfare check at the residence after receiving a call. The body was not concealed

‘I think the oldest sibling was doing the best she could to take care of the others,’ Gonzales said.

‘Connecting all the dots, it seems they were in there while the body was deteriorating.’

HCSO is now investigating to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the minor and how long the kids had been alone. 

The minors are now receiving professional assistance, and victim’s advocates have been made available to help them cope with the trauma.

Only one sibling might have injuries but police said they were not going to disclose the extent of the injuries at this time.

Homicide investigators along with CPS and Child Abuse investigators are also working on the case. It is unclear if the children had tried to call 911 and ask for help.

The children had seemingly been left abandoned by adults for a long period of time and were 'fending for each other'

The children had seemingly been left abandoned by adults for a long period of time and were ‘fending for each other’

Homicide investigators along with CPS and Child Abuse investigators are also working on the case

Homicide investigators along with CPS and Child Abuse investigators are also working on the case

Residents of the area said that management had been doing inspection rounds in the area for the last couple of weeks.

Police said the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and they are not aware of how long the children had been on their own, but added that it was likely more than weeks.

‘Very horrific situation here, very tragic. I’ve been in this business for a long time and I’ve never heard of a scenario like this, it really caught me by surprise,’ said Gonzales when addressing the media on Sunday evening.

‘We are trying to identify next of king to determine exactly what happened and how we got to this point…We’re going to make sure we conduct a thorough follow-up investigation,’ he added.   

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