DALLAS (AP) — Police have arrested two people after finding a 6-year-old boy locked in a shed in Dallas.
Esmeralda Lira, 53, and Jose Balderas, 66, were booked into the Dallas County jail on child endangerment charges. Bonds are set at $100,000 each. Court records state both are Mexican citizens and were in the United States illegally, so immigration holds have been placed on both.
A message seeking comment from the attorney appointed for Balderas was not answered immediately. Court records list no attorney for Lira.
A witness directed officers to the boy on Sunday night during a welfare check at a home in a suburban neighborhood on the city’s southeast side, said police spokeswoman Tamika Dameron. Medics evaluated the boy but did not take him to a hospital.