Deputies received a welfare report regarding a child and arrived at the home in San Benito, officials said.
The neighbors then took the boy back to his own home, which is when they noticed his mother was not there, officials said.
According to the arrest release, “As per the complainants, an unknown child went into their residence, opened the refrigerator and started eating their food. As the complainants made contact with the child, he was holding food in his hands and stated he was ‘hungry.’”
Police talked with Viera, who reportedly confessed to leaving the child home alone.
The case was sent to Child Protective Services, who subsequently removed the child from the residence, authorities said.
Officials said, “In their initial observations, the child was described as skinny, seemed very weak and malnourished.”
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Police said the victim was malnourished and showed signs of physical neglect. They also obtained substantial evidence, which led to an arrest warrant being issued for Viera.
Viera was booked into the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center and is being held on $20,000 bail, officials said.
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