WEBB COUNTY, TX (The Laredo Morning-Times) A man arrested last month after several children were found living in deplorable conditions has now been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, who is pregnant with his child, according to court documents.
Edas Alonso Lopez-Castillo, 25, told authorities he had asked her parents for permission to be with her, states a criminal complaint.
Lopez-Castillo, of Honduras, was served with an arrest warrant July 7 charging him with sexual assault. He remains behind bars at the Webb County Jail.
The case unfolded June 10, when police responded to a child abandonment report in the 2200 block of Cedar Avenue. A naked 2-year-old girl had been found banging on the door of a home.
Officers forced the door open to check on the welfare of the parents. Inside, authorities said they found fecal matter, trash and dirty laundry. Officers then found three more children — ages 1, 4 and 7 — unsupervised in a small swimming pool in the back of the house, according to police.
All were in good health, according to court documents.
Police then located a locked room with the 15-year-old girl and her boyfriend, Lopez-Castillo, inside. They eventually opened the door. Lopez-Castillo told police he was the one taking care of the children.
He was arrested and charged with abandoning, endangering a child with criminal negligence.
Investigators met with the parents of the girl June 13 as the investigation continued. Police asked them if they knew about the relationship between their teenage daughter and Lopez-Castillo.
“They told (the investigator that) Edas Alonso Lopez-Castillo went to their home and asked them for permission to be with their daughter,” states a criminal complaint.
The girl was later interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She stated Lopez-Castillo was her boyfriend and that they had met via Facebook, police recounted in the complaint.
“She acknowledged that Edas was (25 years old) and they have known each other for about a year. (The girl) said she is about six months pregnant and that Edas Alonso Lopez-Castillo is the father of her child,” the complaint states.
Police spoke with Lopez-Castillo on June 26 at the Webb County Jail, where he was held on the child abandonment charge.
He stated he and the girl would have intercourse and that she was pregnant with his child, records state.
“Finally, Edas explained he was willing to take any punishment in accordance with the laws of the state of Texas,” states the complaint.
A warrant for his arrest was approved June 29.