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Two Texas Kids Found Alone in Apartment. Police Say Their Mom Left Them Alone While She Went on a Cruise.

Kids Found Home Alone, Mom Left Them While She Went on Cruise: Cops
Source: Harris County Constable; Unsplash

Lakesha Woods Williams reportedly used a camera to watch and talk to her kids while she was away, police said.

Apr. 15 2024, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A Texas mother reportedly headed out on a cruise for six days while leaving her two young kids home alone during that time, according to authorities.

According to court documents obtained by KHOU-TV, Lakesha Woods Williams, 29, left the children inside her luxury high-rise apartment in Houston for six days while she went on the cruise between April 4 and 10.

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On April 9, a neighbor was concerned about the welfare of the kids and called the Harris County Constable’s Office.

Neighbors told police that they saw Williams leave the building with luggage, but she did not return.

Police entered the apartment and found the two children by themselves. The kids, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, told deputies their mom was away on the cruise and did not know when she would be back.

Officials said the apartment was in “disarray.” There was food and garbage thrown around the apartment and it smelled like urine.

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Williams reportedly used a camera to watch her kids and talk with them. The boy also used a phone to text with his mom, authorities said.

Police tried to contact Williams while she was away, but she was not being cooperative and gave inconsistent responses.


Medics evaluated the children and child protective services was called in. Officials said a relative of Williams is now caring for the kids.

Williams was arrested and was charged with two counts of child endangerment, officials said.

She was booked into the Harris County Detention Facility and was being held on a $25,000 bond.

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In a statement, Constable Ted Heap said, “We are still putting together the facts and circumstances of how these children were left alone for several days. But the important thing is they are safe now and those responsible should be held accountable for leaving these kids in an unsafe situation.”

Neighbors said this isn’t the first time Williams has left the children alone. One neighbor said, “Many of the residents were worried about the children and have said this is not the first time that something like this has occurred,” according to KTRK-TV.


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