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Posted: Apr 8, 2014 6:55 PM

Updated: Apr 8, 2014 10:54 PM

MISSION - A child-abandonment case in Mission highlights an ongoing problem in the region, officials said.

Police said Denisse Arleth Gomez, 24, left her children alone to go clubbing. Officials said the children, ages 5 and 1, are too young to care for themselves.

Police said Gomez left home at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday and returned after 10 a.m. the next day. Officers were there to meet her.

Detectives said Gomez's story isn't uncommon. The uncommon thing is that she got caught, they said.

"In this case, these children were in the apartment complex where the neighbor could hear the crying," Mission Police Sgt. Manny Casas said.

"You could come up with 1,000 scenarios of what could happen at night. This lady is 24 years old and decided to leave her children alone there in the apartment," Casas said.

Gomez now faces felony charges.

"She only admitted to doing this once, but based on what we saw, we know that she has probably done it more than once," Casas said.

Gomez told police she got too drunk and stayed at a hotel.

Neighbors alerted police to the crying children. The 5-year-old begged for his mom.

"That 5-year-old could have very easily walked toward the street, because he was looking for his mother," Casas said.

The children are under their grandmother's care until the investigation concludes. The grandmother lives 4 miles away.

Police said Gomez never asked the grandmother, or her neighbors, to watch her children while she went clubbing.

Topics: denisse arleth gomez, manny casas, mission, child abandonment

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