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One of the worst cases of child neglect in Texas.

We're not really sure where to even begin with this tragic story of three Texas children ages 15, 10, and 7 who were discovered by Houston deputies over the weekend to be not only abandoned by their parents but horrifically living with the corpse of their 9 year old brother.

Here Is What We Know

Sheriff's Deputies in Harrison County responded to a call this weekend from a young child who reported to the sheriff's office that one of their siblings, age 9 had been dead in their apartment for over a year and that the three remaining children, as well as the corpse, had been abandoned in their apartment building.

According to a KSAT 12, The children were being cared for by the oldest sibling and the younger children appeared to be both malnourished and with physical injuries. "The apartment where the children were living didn't have any power and a neighbor had helped the children by charging a cell phone for them and buying them food, Deputy Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said today.

What about the 9-year-old who the children said died over a year and a half ago?

There is an autopsy on the way so investigators can find out more information about the child's cause of death or why neighbors and family or friends hadn't reported anything to authorities. At this time it is uncertain if the children had or were attending school.

Where Are Their Parents

The mother of the children and her boyfriend have been located at this time by authorities." Both were questioned and later released," the KSAT 12 interview offers. Until more information is collected and the autopsy report completed the only thing that can be done is to wait and see.

The children have been taken into emergency custody.

The report states that the three siblings have been permanently removed from the apartment, and placed into emergency foster care in Houston.

There are so many questions; Why was a deceased 9-year-old left inside of an apartment? What were the circumstances surrounding his death? How long had the children been abandoned before they called authorities? What are the psychological long-term effects for children in a situation like this? Will justice be served?

We will keep you posted as we learn more.

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