Texas mom charged with neglecting 5 kids; 1 near death

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BOWIE, Texas — A Texas mother is accused of abandoning her five children after police found them starving and filthy, with one baby near death.

They say the mother left her 8-year-old son in charge of his siblings.

Police went to the home Friday after teachers in Bowie reported the boy had missed several days of class. Police Lt. Rick Beckham said officers found the 8-year-old, a 4-year-old girl, a 2-year-old girl, a 17-month-old boy and a 3-month-old boy. He said the two smallest children appeared to have been wearing the same soiled diapers for days.

Beckham told the Bowie News that an emergency room doctor said the infant was so malnourished he may not have survived a few more days without food.

The children are in foster care.