PARIS, Texas (KTEN) — A welfare check in Paris, Texas, ended with two people in jail and a child taken into protective custody.

Felisha Lynn Scroggins and Raymon Alvarez were arrested Tuesday on charges of endangering a child.

Police said they were tipped to the situation by two Good Samaritans who had been helping Scroggins and Alvarez for about a month with food and financial support after finding them living in a disabled van.

Felisha Scroggins and Ramon Alvarez face charges of endangering a child.


The husband, a mechanic, offered to help repair the vehicle, and had it towed to their house in the 2800 block of Bonham Street.

That's when they discovered a female child they had never before seen was living with Scroggins and Alvarez.

The Good Samaritans called for a welfare check.

Police said the three were living in "deplorable conditions" in the van. Scroggins and Alvarez initially refused to give their correct names or other information. They were arrested for failure to identify and child endangerment.

Custody of the girl — estimated to be between 8 and 10 years old — was transferred to Child Protective Services. 

"She had trouble spelling her first name," said Paris police Capt. Terry Bull. "She claimed she did not know her last name; she claimed not to know her date of birth, and she claimed not to know where she was born."

Police said they are still trying to determine whether the girl is related to either suspect.