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Father charged after children found with cocaine in northwest Harris County

Father claims cocaine could have come from guest at his Super Bowl party

HOUSTON – A father has been charged after his 2-year-old girls were found with a baggie of cocaine at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County.

Curtis Champ Jr., 38, is expected in court Wednesday and is facing two counts of endangering a child.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a call from a security guard at the Costa Ibiza Apartments in the 17200 block of Hafer Road on Monday around 2 p.m.

The security guard said she noticed the two girls sitting on a curb in front of an apartment block. The guard, according to authorities, told them one of the girls was holding a clear plastic bag with powder in it.

Deputies say one of the little girls told them they lived in the apartment behind where they were sitting. When authorities knocked on the door, they say Champ answered and said he was their father.

Champ told them he didn’t know how the girls were able to get out of the apartment.

Deputies say while they spoke to Champ they saw white powder on his upper lip, below his nostrils.

"I'm concerned because I have three young kids of myself and I hardly let them outside, because what if they would have dropped it and my kids found it," neighbor Jessica Vargas said.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the substance in the bag is cocaine. However, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has not charged Champ with possession of a controlled substance.

"He's not responsible. He doesn't care about the well-being of his kids," neighbor Deon LeBlanc said. "What if they would have taken it, they could be od'd (overdosed). You know? Died."

Deputies say Champ claimed he hosted a Super Bowl Party the night before and a guest likely left the bag at his apartment.

Champ posted bond. He is expected in court on Wednesday.