Mother charged with abandoning child on Christmas Eve

Cylinda White, 30. (Photo: Ector County Sheriff's Office)
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ODESSA -- A Medical Center Hospital official said a two-year-old girl had been treated and released after she was reportedly abandoned near a church on Christmas Eve, the Odessa American reports.

Cylinda White, 30, was charged Monday with abandoning a child, a second-degree felony, and abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony.

OPD officers were dispatched after a girl was reportedly found by Odessa Fire Rescue at 3:44 a.m. near the intersection of Murphy Street and Barrett Avenue, an OPD affidavit stated. The girl had a bruise underneath her left eye, blood underneath her nose, a bloody scratch on her forehead and her hair looked like it had been burned, the affidavit detailed. The girl’s clothes also emitted a strong smell of urine.

The girl was transported to Medical Center Hospital as temperatures on Christmas Eve morning were low 40’s to high 30’s, the affidavit stated.

At 6:48 a.m., White arrived at the front desk of OPD and reportedly said her car wouldn’t start and she needed assistance, the affidavit stated. Officers went to White’s vehicle where they reportedly saw a two-week-old boy lying in the front passenger seat that wasn’t fully clothed or covered. There wasn’t a car seat located inside White’s vehicle. White said the boy was her child, the affidavit detailed.

Officers asked White if she was missing a child and White repeatedly refused to answer and eventually said no, the affidavit stated. Officers showed White a photo taken of the two-year-old girl and asked White if this was her child and she reportedly said yes.

White told officers that the girl was with her father, 59-year-old Alton Redic. Officers contacted Redic and asked him where the girl was at and he said she was with White, the affidavit stated. Redic told officers White went to his work at 2:30 a.m. and asked for gas money. Redic stated he saw the two-year-old girl and two-week-old boy inside White’s vehicle at the time. White told Redic she was going to go to the Dream Center Church on Murphy Street. Redic told White it was closed, but she reportedly left anyway with both of the children. The two-year-old girl was located by OFD in the area of the church, the affidavit detailed.

White was charged, arrested and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. She has two bonds totaling $32,500 and still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, jail records show.