August 23, 2010

Rachel Perez Locked Her Troubles In The Attic - Jailed After Starving Down Syndrome Child Was Confined To Dirty Attic

De Soto, Kansas (The Weekly Vice) - Rachel Perez, a 26-year-old Kansas woman was charged Wednesday after deputies found a starving six-year-old boy confined to the dirty attic of his mother's house.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to Perez' home after the child's grandparents become concerned because they hadn't seen the boy in about four months.

Deputies found the child, who suffers from Down syndrome, starving in his mother's unfinished attic to a point where they boy's skeletal structure was showing.

Deputies first visited the home around 5 p.m. Tuesday, however Perez told them the boy wasn't home. Deputies went back around 11 p.m., arrested the woman on an outstanding warrant, and then searched the home.

Investigators are now trying to determine exactly how long the boy was confined to the attic.

Perez, who is the mother of two girls (ages 8 and 5), is now pregnant with a fourth child.

She was booked into the Johnson County Jail on charges of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment.

The boy, who is now recovering at Children's Mercy Hospital, has been taken into protective custody. The child's grandparents are reportedly seeking custody of the boy and his other siblings.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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