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Texas mother accused of leaving 2 kids alone for a week while she went on a cruise

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Lakesha Woods Williams left her children home alone for a week (Photo: Harris County Police Department)
  • Lakesha Woods Williams is accused of leaving her children alone.
  • She left them to go on a week-long cruise.
  • The children are 8 and 6 years old.

An eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother were left alone in an apartment while their mother went on a cruise to Puerto Rico.

This story is reminiscent of the terrible tragedy involving Kristel Candelario.

Lakesha Woods Williams, 29, was arrested when she returned home.

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Neighbors saw Lakesha Woods Williams leave with suitcases

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The day after her return, on Thursday, April 11, Lakesha Woods Williams was arrested on multiple charges, Harris County Police reported.

Neighbors saw Lakesha leaving her high-rise apartment complex in Houston, Texas, with suitcases on April 4.

They say her two small children were not with her.

They said they were concerned by that and that it wasn’t the first time it had happened.

Police find the two children alone in their apartment

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As the days passed and Lakesha did not return, someone decided to report the situation to 911.

Police visited the apartment on April 9 and found the two children alone.

The place was filled with trash and clutter, as well as a pungent odor of urine, according to court records.

Child Protective Services took custody of the children, who explained that they had communicated with their mother through

Lakesha monitored the kids through a security camera

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Lakesha Woods Williams monitored the security camera from her cell phone, according to police.

«These children were left unattended for many days and put in harm’s way,» 209th District Court Chief Prosecutor Keegan Childers said of the case.

In searching the apartment, officers allegedly found a webcam and cell phone that the children said their mother used to monitor them.

The children received a medical evaluation to determine their health status and everything indicated that they were in perfect health.

The children are in the custody of their aunt

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Child Protective Service agents temporarily handed over custody of the children to their maternal aunt, while their mother is in custody.

Officers determined that Lakesha had left her children alone to allegedly go on a cruise from Florida to Puerto Rico.

The trip lasted from April 4 to April 10.

On April 11, police arrived to arrest arrest her on two counts of child endangerment.

The case is reminiscent of Kristel Candelario

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Lakesha Williams was booked into the Harris County Jail on $40,000 bail, according to jail records.

«The important thing is that they are now safe and those responsible must be held accountable for leaving these children in an unsafe situation,» commented the prosecutor.

The news has caused shock in the U.S. due to its similarity to the case of Kristel Candelario, who left her 16-month-old daughter Jailyn Candelario alone while she went on a vacation to Puerto Rico.

Unfortunately, that case ended tragically and the baby did not survive.

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