A mom who reported that her son with autism was missing was arrested after police found the boy and his younger sibling at home, living in deplorable conditions.
It's unclear why Christina Milligan, 30, called 911 on Sunday to report that her 9-year-old son had vanished, because police found him later that day in the bedroom of the family's Sacramento apartment, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Officials say the child was wearing urine-soaked clothing, according to station KCRA.
Cockroaches scampered around the apartment and dirty diapers and trash lay on the floor, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.
Milligan was arrested the same day, and the boy and his 2-year-old sibling were taken into protective custody, a sheriff's spokesman said.
Milligan was charged with suspicion of child endangerment.