What is going on in our world? I hear more and more stories of horrible things happening to kids and I just don't get it????
SPLENDORA, TX (KTRK) -- Relatives of two children found living in a filthy old school bus near Splendora say things are not what they appear.
The siblings, an 11-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother, have been placed in temporary foster care by CPS after authorities found them alone in the old bus on Wednesday. But their relatives tell Eyewitness News things are not as bad as they may appear.
The aunt of the young siblings invited Eyewitness News exclusively onto the property where we spoke by phone with the children's parents, who are in prison. The parents, like many neighbors we spoke with, say this all a misunderstanding. They say aunt lived on the bus with the kids at night. They claim the neighbors took turns watching the children during the day.
The mother tells me she and her husband were planning to build a house on the lot where the bus sits, before they went to prison in December 2010. By that time, she says the family had already moved onto the abandoned bus. She says she left her children with her 60-year-old aunt, who was unemployed at the time.
Because the aunt did not have any income, she took the only job she could find, which required a daily commute to Houston. The parents say for the past year or so the aunt has been commuting to Houston and has asked neighbors to watch the children during the day. Some neighbors, according to the parents, come over to the bus, and others bring the children to their homes.
But Montgomery County authorities say they found the two young siblings alone in filthy conditions. Authorities say the kids, who are now in CPS custody, have been living alone for months. Neighbors we spoke to dispute that.
Neighbors and relatives say the children were not neglected. There is said to be an icebox and a deep freeze with food readily available to the children at all times. Parents say the bus has hot and cold running water and electricity. The mother says she is on the phone with the children from prison throughout the day.
At least one neighbor tells Eyewitness News the children seem happy and well-adjusted. Another neighbor says they bought a trampoline and put in their yard specifically for the boy and girl to play on when they come over. Another says the children visit church with their family. We are told the children are home schooled, but it is still unclear who is teaching the children.
The children's mother adds that she will be out of prison in 30 days and hopes to sort out the situation at that time and regain custody of her children.
CPS officials say the children are happy and doing well in temporary foster care.
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Sorry, Just had to vent today. I just don't understand it.