More details surrounding an Odessa mother charged with child endangerment

More details surrounding an Odessa mother charged with child endangerment

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Michelle Valdez also known as Michelle Levario had six children under her care when she was arrested for injury to a child and child endangerment.

Valdez had previously lost a 15-year-old daughter. Alicia Valdez Levario died in 2013 after the car she was in T-boned an SUV.

Yram Levario who died January 27, 2016 due to Hirschsprung's Disease, a condition that makes it difficult to pass stool. According to Mayo Clinic Online this disease is present when a baby is born. Police said they believe Valdez had not gotten the medical attention her son needed.

Yram was in the fourth grade, it was his first year at Sam Houston Elementary. Yram was buried on February 3, 2016 next to his sister at Ector County Cemetery.

Police said Valdez had two biological children and four other children staying with her. According to Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Media Specialist, Marleigh Meisner, Valdez was not a licensed foster parent, the four children who were staying with her were family members.

Neighbors said the children belonged to Valdez's brother.

Meisner said Valdez did have a previous history and DFPS still has an open investigation because of the death of the child.

According to Meisner the four children Valdez was housing are now under the care of family, both of Valdez's biological children are under the custody of CPS.

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