Mother arrested after hiding 5-year-old's body in closet for nearly a week

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A Houston mother has been arrested after confessing to hiding her 5-year-old daughter's body in a closet.

At around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, police were called to an apartment complex in northwest Houston. Authorities say family members had visited the apartment earlier on Monday to check on a 5-year-old girl who hadn't been seen for some time. 

Investigators say that once family members were inside, they noticed a foul smell and the mother confessed the source was the child's body. She claimed the child had ingested chemicals on August 27th and the body had been in the closet ever since. 

Police arrested Priscilla Nicole Torres in connection to the child's death and say the body had been hidden for nearly a week.

First responders described the child's body as being in a state of decay.

"It's very troubling," said HPD Lt. Larry Crowson. "No matter how the child died, you know, whether it's an accidental or intentional death, for a body to be in a closet for several days, that's just unthinkable."

Investigators are waiting on autopsy results as they work to determine whether the 5-year-old's death is consistent with Torres' story.

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