Children found alone in padlocked trailer

EL PASO, Texas (AP)  An anonymous tip led to the rescue of four young children who were found alone in a padlocked trailer.

Deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on yesterday arrested and charged Ivonne Adriana Vasquez, the 28-year-old mother of three of the children, with four counts of abandoning and endangering a child.

The fourth child was her 9-year-old niece, the oldest of the children. The youngest was 2-months-old. The El Paso Times reports El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Jesse Tovar said a deputy got in the trailer, which was padlocked from the outside, by breaking a window and crawling through it.

Tovar said the stench of a clogged toilet and dirty diapers inside the trailer, which was strewn with clothes and dishes, caused deputies to gag. An ambulance crew checked the children at the scene.

The sisters were turned over to family members while their cousin returned to her family. Deputies said an investigation by Family and Protective Services is under way.