Salais, who had legal custody of the children but is not their mother, was arrested Tuesday, after a witness asked authorities to conduct a welfare check on the children, a 1-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, on Saturday.
Inside, police said they found the girl “hogtied” and showing signs of physical trauma, while the boy was allegedly locked in a cage. Both children were said to be “heavily soiled” and crying when authorities arrived.
Salais was charged with two counts of child endangerment on Tuesday, telling reporters that the allegations were “bulls—t” as police escorted her to a Bexar County jail.
Toddlers Allegedly ‘Hogtied,’ Beaten
San Antonio police said they received a 911 call on Saturday form a woman who said her grandchildren were locked in a bedroom in Salais’ home in the Highland Park neighborhood. On arrival, firefighters forced their way into the room, where they said they found two toddlers.
A 1-year-old girl was allegedly discovered lying on the floor with her hands and feet tied together. An arrest affidavit obtained by KSAT claims that the girl had “visible injuries,” including a black eye and a bloody lip.
A 2-year-old boy was reportedly locked in a playpen “that was completely covered” by a table and a baby carrier, creating a makeshift cage.
“Both children were heavily soiled, were crying,” Police Chief William McManus told reporters.
“Both children were taken into custody and turned over to CPS [Child Protective Services].”
According to the affidavit, the children were placed in Salais’ care temporarily while CPS investigated their parents for allegations of physical abuse. KSAT also reported that the children’s mother, identified as a woman named Isabella, is Salais’ stepdaughter.
“Tell [the toddlers] that I’m sorry, I’m sorry that it got this far and that I should never have trusted anybody with them, and that I just want them to come home already,” Isabella told the outlet.
It’s not clear why the children were turned over to Salais, who officials said is not certified to foster children in the state of Texas.
Priscilla Ann Salais Faces 2 Felonies
Online jail records show that Salais was booked on two counts of felony child endangerment. If convicted, Chief McManus said the 37-year-old could face years behind bars. Her bail appears to be set at $75,000 for each count, though this could be a placeholder figure as she has not yet been arraigned.
It’s not clear when Salais is due in court to answer the charges.
“Child endangerment carries a maximum sentence of two years, but I’ll tell you I — what she did to these children is, I mean it’s unforgivable,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“Two years seems like nothing compared to what she did to these children.”
As Salais was escorted to a squad car at a San Antonio police building on Tuesday, she told reporters that they needed to “get [their] facts straight.” She said the charges were “bulls—t” and urged reporters to ask her grandmother.
Salais’ father also disputed the allegations, according to one report.
“The kids she’s taken into her home out of the kindness of her heart is because that’s the kind of person she is,” he told KSAT.
“Now this sensationalized version that’s being portrayed on her is totally inaccurate.”