Texas police announced Tuesday that a body discovered in a dumpster near a church could be a 2-year-old boy whose disappearance Monday sparked an AMBER Alert.
KWTX reported that Laura Sanchez, 35, claimed her son, Frankie Gonzalez, disappeared Monday afternoon at Cameron Park as she briefly turned away. On Tuesday morning, an investigator reportedly discovered the toddler’s presumed remains near Park Lake Drive Baptist Church, located approximately two miles from where his mother claimed he was last seen.
Since the discovery, the Waco Herald-Tribune reported that authorities arrested Sanchez for first-degree felony injury to a child with intent. Reports indicated that her car was impounded in connection with the ongoing investigation.
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Sanchez initially claimed that Gonzalez vanished Monday afternoon from the Pecan Bottoms area of the park, near the restrooms and splash pad.
However, Sanchez’s arrest affidavit alleged that she lied about her son’s disappearance from Cameron Park and that she led police to the toddler’s body Tuesday morning.
According to the Herald-Tribune, Sanchez confessed that Gonzalez died while in her care on May 28 — and that she kept his body in her home until Saturday, when she disposed of it in the dumpster.
KWTX reported that the dumpster the body was found in was located next to a two-car garage which is equipped with a security camera.
An autopsy has been scheduled.
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[Featured image: Frankie Gonzalez/Waco Police Department]