Texas authorities are trying to piece together the mysterious disappearance of a little girl, reporter Robert Arnold shows you the disturbing and checkered history involved in the case.
As 26 year-old Sabrina DeLeon appeared before a judge, Local 2 pieced together the tragic history surrounding her 3 year-old daughter, Lee'Onna.
Court records show in October of 2009 CPS took custody of the little girl and her 2 year-old sister. Court records read at just five days old Lee'Onna tested positive for cocaine and marijuana.
The siblings were placed with foster parents by now retired caseworker Sheree Thanars who spoke by phone, "I never felt in my heart of hearts that those children would ever have been returned to their mother, never," but the court disagreed.
Court records show DeLeon, who had a prior criminal history of theft and trespassing worked to win back custody of her girls. After more than a year of counseling, drug rehab, parenting classes and treatment for Bi-Polar disorder a judge ruled DeLeon was a fit mother.
After regaining custody of her girls, CPS investigated another report of abuse, but found nothing. As of 2011 the agency officially ended its involvement, that is until April of this year when DeLeon got in an accident with her 6 year-old daughter.
CPS workers tried to follow up on Lee'Onna but say they got differing stories from her mom. Eventually they determined no one had seen Lee'Onna since July of last year.
Family members say DeLeon told them CPS had taken custody of the little girl.
We knew that if she got caught by CPS again, in trouble, she wouldn't see the kids again so that's why we never questioned where this baby was.
Prosecutors say DeLeon claimed she was afraid she'd get in trouble so she threw her daughter's body out in the trash.
Sheriff's officials say at this time they have no way to prove or disapprove DeLeon's story and unless DeLeon gives them more information they don't even know where to begin searching for this little girl.