Mom arrested for child neglect after babies try to cross busy road

OKLAHOMA CITY – Police arrested Yolanda Gonzales, 28, at the Bradford Square Apartments near N.W. 6th and Council Saturday night after allegedly finding her four daughters alone and in poor condition.

Neighbors say the girls ranged in age from 8 to just 8-months-old.

They described them as very sweet, but said they were largely left to fend for themselves.

According to the police report, when officers arrived, they found all four girls in an upstairs bedroom playing a gaming system.

The 8-month-old had a “severely soiled diaper” and the girls told police they hadn’t eaten all day.

Angelique Gonzalez said the girls would play with her children, but she had no idea they weren’t being fed.

Gonzalez said, “No wonder every time they would come, I’m always making sandwiches for the kids when they get home from school and they’re standing by the door. And I’m like, ‘You guys want something?’ I would break half a sandwich for all the little ones. I would give them candy, candy bars, everything. I didn’t know they weren’t getting any food. Oh my Jesus, wow, I didn’t even know that.”

Kayelee Vazquez is the one who called the police.

She says Yolanda Gonzales moved in with a friend at the apartment complex about three weeks ago.

She says Gonzales was always leaving her girls alone and that she would frequently try to help out.

“Their hair was never clean, never brushed. I would come over there just to brush their hair and play with their hair,” said Vazquez. “If you can’t take care of them, why, why have them? There’s no point. You need to give them to someone who can.”

Vazquez says the final straw came on Saturday afternoon when she saw the 3-year-old carrying the 8-month-old across Council.

Vazquz said, “She stopped kind of like right past the yellow line to try and juggle the baby because she almost fell. I said, I started running because I saw a truck coming up over the hill. I ran, I grabbed the baby out of her, grabbed her arm and I ran back to the house.”

Neighbors say they hope the girls land in a better place.

Angelique Gonzalez hopes for the best and said, “I hope that they’re in a good place now that somebody can actually take care of them.”

All four girls were placed in DHS custody.