Houston police have arrested an area mother in connection with the death of her young daughter, who was found dead inside a Northwest Houston apartment complex Monday afternoon.
Priscilla Torres, 27, has been charged with tampering with evidence, namely a human corpse, for her role in the death of her daughter, 5-year-old Sierra Patino, according to the Houston Police Department.
HPD said officers initially responded to a call at Quail Creek Apartments in the 7800 block of Grow Lane around 2:30 p.m. Monday to find a deceased child, later identified by authorities as Patino, inside an apartment.
A Child Protective Services spokesperson said Patino had been living with her mother and her mother’s live-in boyfriend. HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said the child had been in a closet for several days.
“It’s very troubling, no matter how the child died,” Crowson told reporters at the scene Monday night. “For a body to be in the closet for several days is pretty unthinkable.”
Investigators are awaiting results of an autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to determine Patino’s cause of death. Torres could face additional charges in the ongoing investigation, according to HPD.
Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.