AUSTIN (KXAN) — Leander police charged a man with abandoning or endangering a child after a woman found his 2-year-old son on the street with feces dripping down to his knees and covering his shirt.
According to the police report, the woman found the boy on the corner of Bonita Verde Drive and High Chaparral Drive. The toddler was covered in filth and had red markings on the back of his legs that looked like several insect bites.
She was with the child for 20 minutes before Anthony Villalobos, 36, came out on the street and “appeared to be looking for something,” according to police. He reportedly told the woman the child belonged to him and that the boy had walked out of the house when Villalobos got distracted.
Police asked to search Villalobos’ home, to which he agreed. That’s when police say they discovered it was not appropriate for living conditions, with no working toilet and the shower full of trash.
There were also dirty food containers, dirty diapers, flies and insects throughout the home, and there was a strong smell of urine, feces, burnt marijuana and “general filth that was almost overpowering,” according to the police report.
Authorities found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the bathroom, which they said Villalobos admitted belonged to him. Leander police said that the home smelled strongly of burnt marijuana when they walked into the home, and “it was apparent it had recently been burnt.”
Police documents say Villalobos did not voluntarily give up the boy to a designated emergency infant care provider, and abandoning or endangering a child is a felony.