Investigators found the body unconcealed in the apartment, Gonzalez said. He didn’t know how or when the child died.
“It appears the remains had been there for an extended period of time, and I emphasize extended,” 他说. When asked if he meant for weeks, 他说 “much longer than that.”
Gonzalez said it looked like the 15-year-old had been taking care of his younger siblings the best he could.
“It appears that they were basically fending for each other,” Gonzalez said, adding that the children were living in “pretty deplorable conditions.”
The two younger children appeared malnourished and showed signs of physical injury, 警长办公室说. All three children were transported to a hospital for treatment.
The sheriff’s office says the mother of the children and her boyfriend have been found and are being interviewed. The cause of the child’s death is under investigation.