A mother of a four-year-old boy was arrested for child endangerment after the neglected boy was discovered at her home. Police entered the home to search for evidence that meth was being made and sold there.
The boy, who tested positive for methamphetamine exposure, was forced to live in a closet. He described the rats and cockroaches as his "friends".
The boy described sneaking away from the closet and being punished by being forced to sit on top of a refrigerator where he was afraid he would fall if he fell asleep.
The boy's mother was not home when the deputies showed up and was later arrested. She told investigators "someone else" was supposed to take care of her son, but could not identify that person. A county judge has allowed child welfare officials to keep the boy in their temporary custody while the case is still under investigation. "Houston-area boy, 4, confined to closet says rats friends," www.ctpost.com (Jan. 03, 2018).