MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A Midland woman was arrested earlier this week after a man found her three young siblings wandering alone near Loop 250 at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The affidavit shows that Clarissa Silvas, 20, was taken into custody after Midland police officers were able to track down the home of the three children and found shocking living conditions.
When officers picked up the 3, 4 and 5-year-old children from the intersection of Ric Dr. and Loop 250, they could not say where they lived or even give a direction.
The 5-year-old boy was able to identify the three of them and tell officers that he was in kindergarten. Using that information, the MISD police were able to find their address in their systems. When officers arrived at the home around 2:30 p.m. Silvas said she had just woken up.
Silva told police that she was the only adult in the house with her four young siblings and her own infant daughter. She also told officers that three of the children were in a back room. Silvas said that she had been watching the children since July 8, when their mother went out of town on vacation.
When officers went to check the room they saw a makeshift lock made from a scarf, designed to prevent anyone from inside the room from opening the door.
After forcing their way in, officers found a bunkbed with a ladder leading out of an open 5' high window. While the children were eating a meal bought by officers, the 5-year-old boy told authorities he had opened the window, dropped the 5' down and helped the others out before leaving the house.
Authorities say they found that the pantry in the kitchen was well stocked but nailed shut, preventing the children from accessing the food.
In addition, officers said marijuana was found in plain view where the children could get to it.
Silvas was arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child (criminal negligence) and possession of marijuana.