Mother arrested after 7-year-old found dead in Texas apartment, police say

Woman was inside home with her two other children

Lauren Kay Dean
Lauren Kay Dean (Bay City Police)

HOUSTON – A Bay City woman was arrested Friday after authorities said they found her 7-year-old daughter dead in an apartment.

Detectives arrested Lauren Kay Dean, 26, and charged her with three second-degree felony charges of abandoning or endangering a child - imminent danger bodily injury.

Bay City officers were called to Dean’s apartment in the 2200 block of Bordeaux in Bay City around 2:30 p.m. Friday in reference to a welfare check.

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Officers discovered Dean’s 7-year-old daughter dead inside the apartment, according to officials with the Bay City police. The child was bed-ridden due to medical conditions.

Dean was also in the home with her two other children, a 5-year-old and a 3-month-old.

Dean was booked into Matagorda County Jail. Her children were removed from the home, according to officials.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

This story was originally published by our sister station in Houston, KPRC.