Six children under 10 years old were found in a Northwest Side mobile home Sunday alone, hungry, and dirty after the oldest child — a 9-year-old girl — told Corpus Christi Police Department officers she hadn’t seen their mother for five days.
The 9-year-old told officers her mother had left several days before in order to “go make money,” and that she had been texting her to come home because the youngest child, who is 5 months old, was out of formula.
Police found unanswered texts on the child’s phone.
The children were found after the 9-year-old called an inmate at the Nueces County Jail for help, asking him to try and reach Dunning.
When the inmate’s family eventually came to the residence, they told police the childrens’ mother Nautica Dunning had been posting Snapchat photos from a local bar.
The report states one child was found on the sofa unconscious “to the point it looked like she was not breathing,” two children were in soiled diapers, and another child seemed to be dehydrated.
Paramedics were called after the officers suspected the children were malnourished. They found spoiled milk and inedible food inside the refrigerator. The children also had been inside an extremely hot home for an unknown amount of time without adult supervision.
Officers state in the report that they tried making contact with Dunning, but it wasn’t until Family and Protective Services was called out that she was reached.
The report states the 27-year-old mother arrived at the residence with her grandmother.
She originally told officers she had paid a family member to watch the children, but later admitted she “willingly left her children by themselves.”
Dunning was arrested and is facing six counts of abandonment/endangering a child with criminal negligence. Her bond was set at $100,000.
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