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Bryan Mother Arrested for Child Endangerment

A Bryan mother is behind bars after police say she left her three young children at home alone.

One of her neighbors spoke out Monday about what she calls a disturbing situation.

"I never saw them outdoors," the Bryan resident said. "They were always in the house. The woman was always outside talking to people."

The Bryan resident, who asked to keep her identity hidden, is talking about her neighbor, Jaime Martinez.

Martinez is accused of endangering her three young children.

"I can't stand people like that doing that to kids," Martinez's neighbor said.

According to police reports, Martinez left her two daughters, ages two and three, and a seven-month-old son home alone, while she allegedly went to pay her electricity bill.

The children didn't stay inside for long.

Police say the two little girls wondered out of the house and onto the street. That's where a neighbor found them and called for help.

"I heard him crying in the house and she wasn't there," Martinez's neighbor said. "He was drinking out of dirty bottle and the house was a mess."

According to police reports, the children looked like they hadn't been bathed in days.
They were all wearing dirty diapers and walking around a house that was even filthier.

"Dirty clothes were everywhere and dog poop was everywhere," Martinez's neighbor said.

Child Protective Services took custody of the children.

This isn't the first time the agency has had contact with Martinez. In late July, she allegedly left the kids at home so she could do drugs.

"It's obviously a problem," Scott Donaldson with the Bryan Police Department said. "We just saw a perfect example of it. It happens and unfortunately it's something we have to deal with."

Martinez has been charged with three counts of child endangerment and is being held on $90,000 bond.


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