Waco police confirmed they found the body of 2-year-old Frankie Gonzales in a dumpster next to a church Tuesday, and according to police, he “did not die of natural causes.”
Gonzales’ mother, Laura Sanchez, has been booked into jail on first-degree felony injury to a child charge, WPD public information officer Garen Bynum said. The arrest warrant was obtained around noon Tuesday. An Amber Alert was issued for Gonzales on Monday.
Bynum said there could be more charges against Sanchez at a later date.
Police said family members contacted them about Sanchez’s alleged involvement in Gonzales’ death, and police contacted Sanchez, who led them to the child’s body in a dumpster near the intersection of 29th Street and Alice Avenue in Waco.
Bynum said they knew the location of Gonzales around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Bynum clarified that while the initial call came from Cameron Park in Waco, Gonzales was never at the park and that it was likely a diversion set up by Sanchez.
“We believe that was a complete cover-up by [Sanchez],” Bynum said. “Through the investigations that went on through midnight last night, [Sanchez} may have broke a little bit.”
WACO, Texas (KWKT) – BREAKING: Waco Police have found a body while searching for little Frankie Gonzalez Tuesday morning. The body was in a dumpster near the intersection of 27th and Alice.
Police tell FOX44 News that the body has not been positively identified at this time and it will be sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy.