A mother from Houston, Texas is currently accused of leaving her children behind to go on a cruise. Here's the details we know currently.

Case Details At The Time Of Writing

As reported by KHOU 11, Lakesha Woods Williams allegedly left her children behind on April 4th, 2024. Neighbors at her place of residence reportedly saw Woods leave around 12:00 PM on the day in question. Five days later, on April 9th, neighbors worried about Williams' children alerted law enforcement.

Court documents state that when police entered the apartment, they discovered it to be in "disarray." Additionally, the apartment had the smell of urine, as well as leftover food and trash around the living area. Law enforcement also discovered, as stated by court documents, a camera which allowed Williams to observe her children while on the cruise.

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In addition the 8 year old child of Williams was in possession of a phone, which allowed him to stay in contact with her via text message while she was out.

Actions By Law Enforcement Following The Discovery

KHOU 11 reports that after the children were discovered, the Houston fire department was summoned to the scene. This was to make sure the children were not harmed by anything, or that they were undernourished.

Child Protective Services also assisted per court documents. The children were placed in the care of their aunt, who is unidentified at the time of writing. Police then made attempts to reach Lakesha Woods Williams, but she kept changing where she was, and wasn't complying with officers.

Williams has been accused of abandoning a child with intent to return, per ABC News. Williams was placed under arrest on April 11th, 2024. She also appeared in court on April 12th, 2024, receiving a $25,000 bond.

As this is developing story, we will have more information when it becomes available.

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