Once police determined their apartment number, officers went to speak with the mother, later identified as Abrego.
ValleyCentral reported that a police news release stated that Abrego appeared to have been sleeping as she had a "sluggish demeanor."
Police stated that they noticed a strong stench of feces coming from inside the apartment. They say there were three other children inside at the time.
“Inside the apartment, there were stains of feces on the walls and couches,” police stated. “The children also appeared to have dry stains of feces on their faces.”
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Police said the children appeared to not have showered in a long time and were also nude.
Abrego was arraigned and her bond was set at $36,000.
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According to online records, Abrego's charges classify as second-degree felony counts.
The National Children's Alliance states on its website that more than 600,000 children are abused in the United States each year. That statistic is based on 2021 numbers, the last time they were compiled, the organization states.
The NCA also notes that in 2021 an estimated 1,820 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States.
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