Posted: Oct 24, 2012 4:41 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2012 6:50 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A judge has ordered the daughters of Maria Carrejo to remain in the custody of Child Protective Services as she's facing charges of child endangerment.
The 21-year-old mother of the three was arrested yesterday when CPS caseworkers called police after finding her 2 and 3-year-old daughters home alone at an apartment on Treyway Lane. Police say Carrejo came home with a man - who ran off - before police could talk to him.
CPS documents state Carrejo tested positive for marijuana use in the past.
During a custody hearing today, we learned this is the sixth time Carrejo has been investigated by CPS. Documents show that during a visit in July, CPS caseworkers discovered the children suffered from scabies, blisters, lice, strep throat, impetigo, and staph infections.
Carrejo has a six-year-old daughter, the two girls who were in the home alone, and she's also pregnant with her fourth child.
According to officials, Carrejo is not employed and receives assistance from the state, including daycare, but she does not use that service. Documents state the two fathers of her three little girls are currently in prison.
Carrejo is expected to appear in court in about two weeks as a judge considers whether the children will remain in CPS custody.
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