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December 17, 2013

Mother charged with child endangerment

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A police officer wrote that the conditions inside the home were not fit for an adult but were especially bad for the children.

Broken glass was also found on the floor of the boys’ bedroom, according to CPS, which also reported West failed an oral swab to test for methamphetamine and amphetamine use, despite her statement that she no longer used methamphetamine.

It’s not the first time West has been in legal trouble regarding alleged endangerment of the boy.

West was arrested in February 2011 in Tarrant County on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child after she reportedly left the boy, then 6 years old, in the car while she was in a bar for at least an hour, according to court records. The child reportedly came into the bar dressed only in a T-shirt.

After West underwent counseling, the boy was returned to her care and the CPS case was closed in 2012.

CPS received two other complaints involving West that were ruled out and

However, twice in March, the boy was found wandering along State Highway 199, once dressed only in a T-shirt covered in feces and another time about two miles from home and barefoot on a 56-degree day, according to court records.

Investigators reportedly found feces smeared on the walls and floors of various areas of the home in March, as well. 

Both children were removed from West and placed with an aunt for a period of time.

However, after various steps were taken, including the family using locks and alarms at the home to keep the boy from running away, the youngest child moved back in with West and the older boy stayed with her on the weekends, according to CPS.

Both children were placed with their aunt Saturday, according to CPS, which had filed paperwork with the court this week to remove the children.

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