Las Vegas girl locked in room by mom and grandma for a year before teen climbed out and escaped
The teenager told neighbors and cops that her mother fed her once a day and locked her in the bedroom, forcing her to live there without access to a bathroom
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: A Las Vegas-area minor was locked in a room for more than a year before she managed to escape and call the police. Addy Gonzales, Maria Pasarin, and Daniel Omezcua were arrested on suspicion of child abuse and false imprisonment. The teen's mother was named Gonzales in the report, while the teen's grandmother was named Pasarin. It is not known if Omezcua is related to the girl.
North Las Vegas police said they began investigating the incident on Nov 4. When police were called to a neighborhood for a report of suspicious activity, they discovered a Hispanic woman attempting to enter an upstairs bedroom via a ladder, reports Las Vegas Review-Journal.
According to neighbors, the girl had entered the backyard of a nearby house in search of food and water. According to reports, the girl apparently climbed out of a two-story house before using the ladder again to gather some clothes, according to 6 News.
According to reports, the teenager told authorities she ran away to get a drink of water because she had not eaten since last night. The teen told police she did not get food or water until her mother came home. "The female juvenile claimed her parents had locked her in her bedroom and did not feed her or let her use the bathroom," the NLVPD report states.
Authorities said they called Gonzales to inquire about the reason the girl was being held in the room. They claimed Gonzales was evasive and preferred that the police officers wait outside her house until she returned. According to the arrest report, when NLVPD finally went in, there was no bed in the room where the girl was being held, only a box spring and a bed frame with a sheet. The department reported that there was a roll of toilet paper and a bucket of urine and feces in the room.
According to the complaint, the girl told officers she felt like a prisoner. Police said the girl had apparently been staying under these circumstances for at least a year. Authorities reported that a 13-year-old boy also lived in the home. According to Child Protective Services, there were eight unfounded reports of suspected abuse or neglect. The suspects in the case are scheduled to appear in court on November 21.