Child endangerment cases on the rise

Child endangerment cases on the rise

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Odessa Police say they've been seeing more and more cases of abandoned children, and they're working to put a stop to it.

"We're constantly making arrest when it comes to endangering a child or abandoning a child. It's happening way to often and shouldn't be happening at all, but shouldn't be happening at all," said Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department.

Cases like this surfacing every week.

"We respond to a lot more of these calls than people realize. We constantly respond to loss child calls, found child calls, check welfare, whatever the call is," said LeSueur.

Odessa Police say this could have a deadly outcome and are sending the message that this needs to stop.

"The bottom line is that you cannot leave your children home alone. There's so many things that can go wrong during that time period. The child could get into something. The child could open the front door and walk down the street. There's just so many different avenues for that potential danger," said LeSueur.