A Brownwood couple were indicted for child endangerment after two children wandered out of a house and were nearly backed over while, authorities allege, the couple slept inside.
The December session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned two-count indictments of abandoning or endangering a child against Kalen Strickland, 31, and Kimberly Nicole Baker, 23, 35th District Court documents state.
According to earlier Brownwood police reports, a woman called the police after she nearly backed over the children while leaving a driveway in the 1200 block of Third on Nov. 16.
The children, ages 3 1/2 and 1, started to walk down a sidewalk. The woman stopped them and the older child, a boy, led her to their home. The woman leaned inside the home and shouted for the children’s guardians, but no one responded and she called the police.
An officer arrived and found the couple who were in charge of the children sleeping in a bedroom, police said.
According to police: a 6-month-old child was also in the home. CPS was contacted, and an investigator from the agency arrived. Police said the top railing on a crib had fly-covered excrement, and food in a skillet on the stove appeared to have been there for several days. Trash was scattered through the home, and food crumbs and dirty dishes were on high chairs and floors. All three children were dirty and partially clothed.
CPS contacted another family member, who was allowed temporary custody of the children.
Grand jurors also returned theft indictments against a Wal-Mart cashier accused of stealing from her employer and a woman accused of stealing a shopper’s purse.
The cashier, Kristen Keith, 24, was indicted for theft over $1,500 under $20,000 aggregated. She was suspected of stealing $2,400 in a series of incidents between Oct. 21 and Nov. 6, according to earlier police reports.
A Keith apologized in a written statement for stealing money from her employer and took police to her employer locker, where she surrendered some of the money before being arrested on Nov. 6, police said.
A Wal-Mart official spoke with Keith on Nov. 6, and she told him verbally and in writing that she had stolen money from cash registers, police said.
The grand jury indicted Diana Nelson, 34, for theft against an elderly individual — enhanced in connection with the theft of another woman’s purse at Wal-Mart on Nov. 2.
Four women shoppers ranging in age from 63 to 87 told police similar stories in early November: a young white female, sometimes with a child, positioned herself near them as they shopped in Brownwood stores, sometimes making small talk.
Then, suddenly, the young woman was somewhere else — and so were the shoppers’ wallets or purses, along with the cash they contained.
Police arrested Nelson in connection with the theft of a purse at Wal-Mart. An 86-year-old woman told police she’d been looking at bedsheets in the linen section when she noticed a woman with a child on the same aisle. A few minutes later she realized her purse was missing from her shopping basket, and she asked other shoppers to help her find it, police said.
Someone found the purse, abandoned in a shopping cart in a nearby aisle. The $40 the purse had contained was gone. Police arrested Nelson in the store after viewing surveillance video.
Police said earlier she was a suspect in the other similar thefts.
Nelson has two previous theft convictions, according to the indictment.
Also indicted, according to court documents, were:
Joshua Nickerson, possession of marijuana.
Daniel Gomez Vasquez, driving while intoxicated with child passenger.
Catarino Rivera Jr., driving while intoxicated.
Patricia Kay Barnett, driving while intoxicated.
Luke Reece Hopkins, evading arrest.
Stanley Moses Skinner, assault — occlusion.
Teresa Rochelle Freeman, possession of a controlled substance.
Theron Dale Hutchens, possession of a controlled substance, tamper with or fabricate physical evidence.
Brad Lee Mayes, assault family violence enhanced.
Doyle Wayne McLeroy Jr., tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair/repeat offender.
Terrance Lynn Maxey, theft over $1,500 under $20,000.
Alan James Maxey, theft over $1,500 under $20,000.
Jesse David Deleon, evading arrest.
Candace Ann McNeal, abandoning or endangering a child.
Felix Prieto Toro, aggravated assault with deadly weapon.
Brittani Lee Peel, assault against public servant.
Randy Allen Alexander, injury to an elderly individual repeat offender.
Jose Leon Martinez, aka Juan Martinez Canada, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Deaun Long Dalton, driving while intoxicated.
Jeffrey Lee Schafer, evading arrest.
Martin D. Fallon III, theft over $1,500 under $20,000 — aggregated.