|Published:||Aug 23, 2010 11:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 23, 2010 8:43 PM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Three little girls, one an infant, were apparently abandoned outside of a vacant home in Lehigh Acres.
A woman who asks not to be identified tells us, "I seen three little girls standing outside an abandoned duplex by the door and I said oh my gosh, this can't be."
A sight she says, she just could not ignore.
"I don't know what was going through her head, I would never leave my children out like that"
Three little girls, all under the age of the five, deputies say, just dropped off and abandoned by their mother outside an empty house. One was left sitting in a car seat.
"No shoes, and clothes were kind of big on them, one of them had to go potty, it was sad."
She says she comforted the crying girls,who told her that their mother, 23 year old Annastasia Velez had left them there. She called deputies.
Neighbor William Fletcher says, "They were just walking and there would walk awhile and they would stand up, you know like they didn't know where they was going themselves."
Family members say finally told the children's father, Lazaro Santa-Ana where they were, and he picked them up.
They say the couple argued and she threatened to harm the children. After deputies located the kids, she was arrested. Neighbors say they can't shake the image of the kids being tossed aside.
Fletcher says, "It was real real real spooky looking"
DCF tells us Santa-Ana is now caring for the girls.
Valez is being held without bond because she was on probation for retail theft.
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