Update: Child dies after mother goes to bar, leaves 7-year-old special needs girl & 2 other young children home alone


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A young girl is dead after a Texas mother went to a bar and left her 7-year-old daughter and two other young children home alone, police say.

According to ABC 30, 26-year-old Lauren Dean went to Shades Bar in Bay City on January 30, leaving her three young children, ages 7, 5, and 3 months, home alone inside her apartment off of Bordeaux. The 7-year-old, Jordynn, had Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. She was also bed-ridden and depended on a feeding tube for nourishment.

A witness at the apartment complex reportedly contacted Children’s Protective Services (CPS) at around midnight and said the children were left home alone.

During a welfare check the following day at around 2:23 p.m., Dean invited officers inside the apartment to show that her children were fine. However, once authorities checked inside the apartment, they found Jordynn deceased.

Bay City Police Officers were summoned to an apartment in the 2200 Block of Bordeaux in Bay City, on January 31, 2020 at…

Posted by Bay City, Texas Police Department on Saturday, February 1, 2020

According to a complaint filed with Matagorda County District Clerk, Dean was arrested and charged with abandonment, endangering a child and imminent danger bodily injury. The other children were removed from the home.

“The case is still under investigation and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Detective Stephen Lunsford or Detective Reyna Perez at 979-245-8500,” Bay City police posted on Facebook.


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