San Antonio siblings found soiled in a cage in the home of guardian

San Antonio siblings found soiled in a cage in the home of guardian

Grandmother, 37, is arrested after one-year-old girl is found hogtied and beaten while her brother, 2, was soiled and locked in a cage at her Texas home: She was caring for the kids after they were taken away from ‘abusive’ parents

  •  Priscilla Ann Salais, 37, is charged with two counts of endangering a child
  • The children were found on Sunday in horrific conditions at a residence in the 400 block of bailey Avenue near Rigsby Avenue in San Antonio, Texas 
  •  Salais was a temporary guardian for the children after they were taken away from their parents on child abuse allegations
  • The 1-year-old girl’s wrists and feet were bound, and she had a black eye and bloody lip
  • The 2-year-old boy was found in a playpen ‘that was completely covered’ by a changing table and baby carrier, trapping the child within the enclosure
  • Both children were heavily soiled and locked in the bedroom
  • The children are now in CPS custody 

Priscilla Ann Salais, 37, is charged with two counts of endangering a child, kept her head down as she was taken into custody Tuesday

The step-grandmother of two young children has been arrested after a one-year-old girl was found hogtied and beaten while her two-year-old brother was discovered soiled and locked in a cage at her Texas home. 

Priscilla Ann Salais, 37, who is charged with two counts of endangering a child, kept her head down as she was taken into custody Tuesday, telling reporters the information being released was ‘bull****’ and that they needed to ‘get their facts straight.’ 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus appeared distressed as he described the gruesome scene at a press conference. 

‘What she did to these children is unforgivable,’ McManus said.

Police say a witness called 911 on Sunday afternoon to perform a welfare check at the residence at 400 block of Bailey Avenue near Rigsby Avenue in Highland Park, San Antonio. 

Authorities forced their way into the bedroom at the house to find the girl hogtied; with her wrists and ankles were bound, and she had a bloody lip and black eye. 

The two-year-old boy was found in a playpen that was covered, trapping him inside. 

‘It was like a cage.’ the chief said at Tuesday’s press conference.

Both kids were ‘heavily soiled’ and were crying.

After her arrest, Salais told reporters that they needed to get their facts straight and that ‘the whole thing was (expletive)’

Police say Salais had been given temporary custody of the children because their parents are being investigated by Child Protective Services on accusations of of physical abuse.

Police say Salais had been given temporary custody of the children because their parents are being investigated by Child Protective Services on accusations of physical abuse. 

The mother of the children, only identified as Isabella, told KSAT that Salais is her stepmother and that she trusted her to care for her children.

‘I’m sorry that it got this far,’ Isabella said on camera, her face hidden. ‘I just want them to come home already.’ 

According to a CPS representative, Salais is not a licensed foster care parent in the state of Texas. The children are now in CPS custody.  

Salais’ father, Billy Salais, told KSAT that his daughter was watching the children to help Isabella and that she would never hurt a child 

Salais’ father, Billy Salais, told KSAT that his daughter was watching the children to help Isabella and that she would never hurt a child. He added that he believes someone else did this. 

‘The kids she’s taken into her home out of the kindness of her heart is because that’s the kind of person she is,’ Bill Salais said. ‘Now this sensationalized version that’s being portrayed on her is totally inaccurate.’

Police have not yet said how the children were placed in Salais’ care.      

‘Child endangerment carries a maximum sentence of two years, but I’ll tell you I — what she did to these children is, I mean, it’s unforgivable,’ Chief McManus said. ‘Two years seems like nothing compared to what she did to these children.’ 

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