A Texas City woman was charged with child endangerment this week, months after a set of severely malnourished triplets were brought to a local hospital.
The triplets were brought to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 27, according to a Texas City Police Department affidavit.
On Nov. 1, an investigator from Texas Child Protective Services told police that the children were dehydrated, severely malnourished and underweight, according to the affidavit.
Physicians also reported the babies had been born about eight weeks premature, after about 32 weeks of gestation, according to the affidavit.
They were lethargic and had a hard time feeding, according to the affidavit. They were suffering from shock because of the loss of bodily fluids, according to the affidavit. Their potassium and glucose levels were elevated, and they were suffering from altered mental status, according to the affidavit.
A medical report also said the babies were at high risk for multiple organ failure, according to the affidavit.
Before being brought to the hospital, the babies were allowed to sleep on “dingy, soiled and stained pillows or blankets, that were wet and had the strong odor of sour milk and urine,” according to the affidavit.
Shacondra Sims, 23, of Texas, was arrested on Friday and charged with three counts of abandonment or endangerment of a child. She was held on $90,000 bond. She was still in custody at the Galveston County jail on Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records.