ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies looking for a wanted man say they found a three-year-old living in a filthy, sweltering home.
The parents of the three-year-old are now in the Metropolitan Detention Center on child abuse charges.
Neighbors told KRQE News 13 they had no idea what was going on inside the couple's home.
It turns out the mother in this case was arrested in the past for a similar charge.
The child's parents, Blanca Lopez and Manuel Romero, both 21, were arrested Friday.
Sheriff's deputies with warrants for Romero went to the couple's home in southwest Albuquerque Friday, and what they found was shocking.
Detectives said the home was filthy, with trash and clothes stacked so high it was difficult to make their way inside.
According to the criminal complaint, several rooms smelled of urine, and it was nearly 100 degrees inside, hotter than it was outside.
Court records allege the three-year-old girl was found in deplorable conditions with no food or water in the fridge.
Sheriff's deputies say it appeared the toddler hadn't had a bath in days, although her mom denied that.
On Saturday the two faced a judge who learned of Lopez's prior arrest.
"We are concerned with the criminal history of similar charges with the same alleged victim," a background investigator told the judge. "Ms. Lopez is currently booked at $5,000 cash-surety."
"The correct amount for this charge is $15,000 cash or surety."
The judge kept both parents' bonds at $15,000.
Deputies say Romero had run from his home to try and avoid being captured.
Online jail records show Romero was wanted for failing to appear in court to answer previous charges of receiving stolen property, aggravated burglary and second-degree kidnapping.
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