Central Texas Mother Charged In Case Of Missing Toddler
Central Texans are shocked and surprised as they learn the horrific truth about missing 2-year-old Frankie Gonzales.
According to a report from our news partners at KWTX, the mother of the toddler, Laura Sanchez was charged with injury to a child. The toddler's body was found Tuesday morning in a a dumpster not far from the park where she reported he first went missing.
Laura Sanchez told police her 2-year-old son disappeared early Monday afternoon in the Pecan Bottoms area of Cameron Park in Waco after she looked away for a moment. Investigators later determined that the boy had not been in the park that day, and they say Sanchez falsely reported as a diversion.
According to investigators, it was Sanchez who provided information that led to the discovery of the boy's remains in a dumpster near Park Lake Drive Baptist Church on North 27th St.
Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy, but tell our news partners that foul play is suspected. Police do not know how long Frankie has been deceased, but say it does not appear he died from natural causes.
“This is a very tragic thing we’re having to deal with," Waco Police spokesman Garen Bynum said during a news conference. “We are, as a police department, we are hurting. This is a very hard thing for officers to work. We’re all parents as well.”
Our hearts go out to those who knew and loved Frankie, the Waco Police Department, and the entire city of Waco in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy.