NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (KLAS) – Video 8 News Now Obtained shows a teenage girl running away from home after police said she was locked in her bedroom with little to eat and only a bucket to urinate and defecate for over a year.
8 News Now investigators first reported on Tuesday that three adults were charged with locking an 18-year-old girl in a room.
Addy Gonzales, whom police have identified as the teenager’s mother; Maria Pasarin, whom the police identified as the teenager’s grandmother; and Daniel Omezcua, each charged with child abuse and false imprisonment.
Police said they had been called to a home near Alexander Road and Fifth Street on 4 November following a report from a teenage girl “trying to climb a ladder” back to her home. The girl went to a neighbor’s yard and begged for food and water, police said. Then the girl tried to climb back to her room.
8 News A video has now been obtained of him re-entering the bedroom on the second floor.
The woman, who only asked to be identified as Maria, told 8 News Now that she lived next door to the teenager.
“The girl got out and jumped into our yard looking for water,” said Maria. “When we saw her, she said she went downstairs using the sheets but kept coming back upstairs.”
A neighbor told 8 News Now that the teenager drank water from a hose before crawling back through the concrete wall. When the neighbor asked if she needed help, she pointed to her ladder in the yard, which would help her climb back up to her bedroom window.
The girl told a neighbor she was able to escape her room by tying clothes together and climbing out of a second-story window, police said.
Arriving police found the teenager by a second-floor bedroom window, officers said.
The teenager said she “was locked in the room she was currently in”, saying the room “had no knob but only had a deadbolt lock that required a key on both sides to open which it didn’t have”. the officers said.
The girl told the police that she had run away to drink water from a neighbor’s tap. She said she only gets food when her mother, identified as Gonzales, comes home from work.
Gonzales initially refused to let officers into the house, saying he would check on his daughter upstairs.
“Overall, it’s very painful because I told her to call the police and she refused, saying no one would believe her,” Maria said.
Inside the room, police said they saw “only the box spring and bed frame.” The black bucket in the room was also “half full of what appeared to be urine and faeces,” police said.
Officers signed Gonzales, Omezcua, and Pasarin to the Community Correctional Center in North Las Vegas. Each was released on his own as prosecutors had not filed a criminal complaint since Tuesday, according to the file.
Gonzales, Omezcua and Pasarin reappeared in court on Monday.
Investigators from 8 News Now found that the Department of Child Protection Services had received eight previous reports of allegations of domestic abuse and neglect. However, the agency acknowledged these reports unfounded, citing lack of cooperation or evidence.
“Officers took the teenage girl from her home that day and I remember her telling them she was very thirsty when she was placed in the patrol unit,” Maria said.
A Clark County spokesperson released a statement to 8 News Now on Thursday:
“This is a tragic event and while Clark County cannot comment on details due to confidentiality and ongoing investigations, rest assured that as we move forward, all needed support will be available and provided.”
Clark County Advocate