Toddler Discovered Dead In Church Dumpster After Mother Reports Him Missing

After a mother reported her 2-year-old boy had been missing, the police have arrested the Texas woman.

Just before 2 p.m. on June 1, Waco police responded to a 911 call for a missing child.

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Laura Sanchez allegedly shared with police how her son, Frankie Gonzalez, disappeared from a bathroom at Cameron Park, according to a police press release.

“While extensive search and rescue efforts were underway.” Police stated, “Waco PD detectives spent hours conducting interviews and following every lead they could.”

The next morning, police received information that was “paramount” to its investigation and discovered Frankie’s body inside a dumpster behind a church, according to local TV station KXXV.

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“The information found throughout the investigation confirmed that Frankie was never taken to Cameron Park, and the missing child report that was initially called in was a diversion to Frankie’s actual whereabouts,” police stated.

Sanchez, 34, was charged with first-degree felony injury to a child. And while more charges may be pending, officials said in a press conference they await autopsy results. Currently, her bond has been set at $500,000 and it’s unclear whether she has obtained an attorney.

In a press conference on June 2, Ofc. Garen Bynum said Sanchez confessed to family members, who then called the police.

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“She was in custody of the child when Frankie died,” Bynum said. “Frankie did not die of natural causes.”

A Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson revealed to KXXV how they are currently working with the police department.

“The spokesperson says two of the siblings have been brought into foster care. CPS had prior interaction with the family, but the details are confidential by law,” the station reported.

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