HOUSTON – A mother and father have been charged after being accused of leaving their 11-year-old daughter alone at a Spring home for a day and a half to attend a concert, officials said.
John Michael Guerrero Jr., 48, and Virginia E. Yearnd, 39, are both charged with endangering a child.
Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables received a call about a child being left alone at a home in the 6900 block of Worcester Drive.
Officials said the child's great-aunt called the child and the girl told her about her parents' absence. A deputy arrived at the home to find the 11-year-old girl in the kitchen cooking food unsupervised and called the police, investigators said.
"It was clear to our deputy the child was clearly in need of supervision, the laws on child endangerment are very clear," said Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman.
The girl told officials that the parents left Wednesday, and the child was not expecting her parents to return home until around midnight Friday, investigators said.
The deputy attempted to call the parents' cellphones but they went straight to voicemail, investigators said. The child's mother, Yearnd, finally called back and initially said she was in Louisiana but later admitted she was in Detroit with Guerrero attending a Godflesh concert, investigators said.
Yearnd told officials that her sister was supposed to check on the child, investigators said. The child told officials that this was not her first time being left alone and that there were no instructions or numbers left for her to call in case of an emergency.
Officials contacted Child Protective Services due to the girl's age and concern for her safety. The girl was turned over to the custody of a neighbor. Residents hearing the news for the first time Monday defended the couple, saying they are good parents and that Guerrero might have been at the concert for work.
"He does set up concert equipment; that's how he makes a living," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.
Both parents were arrested and taken to the Harris County jail. Records show Yearnd posted $1,000 bond. No bond has been set yet for Guerrero.