Two Lubbock parents face up to 14 years in jail for what some investigators call the worst case of neglect they've ever seen. It started when 26-year-old Gloria Ramirez miscarried, and allegedly stored the fetus in a refrigerator.
Both Ramirez and her husband, Anthony Moya, face seven counts of endangering a child. The district attorney filed the charges Wednesday afternoon, after authorities removed their seven children from unsafe living conditions this summer.
A local funeral home alerted police to a potential problem in early July. Anthony Moya, 41, allegedly called the home asking about a casket for his wife's miscarried child, on July 7th.
When police checked on the family, they found that Ramirez had miscarried in their home's bathroom. EMS treated Ramirez, and according to the report, Moya gave them the fetus that had apparently been kept in a baby wipes box in the refrigerator.
When police asked to examine the bathroom, Moya resisted, saying the house was a mess. Officers insisted, then Moya told them if they went inside, they would call CPS. He reportedly started to cry and said he needed help.
When police entered the home, they found the kitchen floor covered with dirty clothes, soiled diapers and trash. Further inside, one child was laying on a soiled mattress and appeared lethargic. Another child was only wearing a diaper that was sagging, discolored and extremely soiled.
The living room was covered in rat feces, dirty clothes, and trash. A refrigerator in the living room had spoiled, molding food and a vast amount of roaches, while another refrigerator in the kitchen was full of dead roaches and rotten food.
The children suffered bug bites, rashes, and possible malnutrition. CPS removed all seven children from the home. Six remain in foster care. One is now with a relative.
Police arrested Moya in July. He has since bonded out.
This is the first time Ramirez has officially faced charges. She had not been booked into the Lubbock County Jail as of Wednesday night.
This isn't the first time CPS has removed children from Moya and Ramirez's custody. They were removed in 1999, but were later returned.
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