When sheriff's deputies arrived at the 30-year-old's apartment, they found her 9-year-old autistic son was still there. While the woman never gave an explanation why she made the call, the apartment was so filthy she may not have been able to find him.
Last Sunday around 4 p.m., a 911 call was made to the Sacramento County Sheriff's office. Christina Milligan reported that her 9-year-old autistic son was missing.
After deputies arrived at the woman's apartment, they conducted a search and located the boy lying on the floor next to a bed, wearing clothes drenched in urine. News10 reports it was the only place in the home where the young boy could have been; the rest of the unit was littered with garbage including dirty diapers, food and other trash. Officers noticed the entire premises reeked of urine and observed the apartment was infested with cockroaches.
Fox News reports Milligan was charged with one count of misdemeanor child endangerment for allowing her son and his 2-year-old sibling to reside in such squalid conditions.
The Daily Mail reports neighbours in the Sacramento neighbourhood where Milligan lives were shocked at the charge and the conditions that the 9-year-old and the 2-year-old were forced to live in. Karina Meza-Cruz was quoted as saying, "I always see her walking around with a stroller and just being nice, saying hi and bye and [being] polite."
Both children are now in the care of Child Protective Services.