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Foster mom: Social workers missed warnings before toddler's death


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A foster mom is heartbroken and angry after the death of two-year-old Matthew Navarrete Reyes in Wheaton. She says the system failed the little boy -- and his three brothers -- sending them back to their neglectful and drug- addicted parents who Montgomery County police have just charged with murder.

Holly Tremblay reached out to WUSA9 to say something has to change. She says there is no way these boys should have been given back to these parents.

"We had to drop them off at that home, and they're screaming, 'Mommy, mommy, mommy!' as we're driving away," said Tremblay, a special education teacher, via Skype from her home in Orange County, Ca.

"It wasn't hard to believe at all, unfortunately, because we saw the signs," Tremblay said.

Wheaton parents charged with murder of two-year-old son


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Wheaton man and woman have been charged with murder in the death of their two-year-old son. 

Jonathan Navarrete-Turcious and Blanca Rosa Reyes, both of the 11800 block of Charles Road in Wheaton, Md., were arrested Thursday and charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree murder in the death of their two-year-old son Matthew Navarrete-Reyes in February.

According to police, Matthew was transported to Holy Cross Memorial Hospital on February 13 at around 4:17 a.m. after Reyes, 24, found him moaning and unable to support himself in his crib.

During an investigation, police learned Matthew had suffered multiple traumas in the weeks preceding his death. His parents told police the traumas came from several falls Matthew had in their home. Police said the couple did not seek any treatment for his injuries.

FOUND: 16-year-old from Wheaton


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police have located the missing 16-year-old girl from Wheaton who was last seen on August 1.

Chelsea Denise Ledesma was found safe and unharmed Tuesday, according to police. 

She was described by police as a black female, standing 5'03" tall and weighing 127 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair, according to authorities.

Ledesma often frequents the area of Northwood Terrace in the Kemp Mill area of Wheaton, police said. Her family and police are concerned for her physical and emotional well-being.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Chelsea Denise Ledesma is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).

Montgomery Co. road closure cause traffic delays


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Drivers and pedestrians have been packing their patience this weekend.

A number of road closures and repair projects caused a lot of delays Saturday. One in particular reduced traffic to a crawl.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation says travel lanes at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (MD 97) and Randolph Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction on both roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Victim & suspects ID'd in Wheaton Metro shooting


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- The victim and two suspects in the Wheaton Metro Station parking garage fatal shooting on Tuesday have been identified, police said.

The two suspects are in custody and have been identified as Douglas S Chase, 19, of D.C and Brent D Sanderson, 18, of Rockville. They are both being charged with first degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Eric Melgar.

At around 7:11 p.m., Tuesday, Metro Transit and Montgomery County police responded to a report of a shooting on an upper level of the parking garage. When police arrived on scene, they found Melgar with gunshot wounds.

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Some residents with power again at Wheaton condo


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Pepco restored the flow of power to the University Towers located in Wheaton early Wednesday morning, officials said.

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1,000 without power after electrical fire at Wheaton condo

Officials determined that this is not a Pepco issue, however the power outage is a building issue. About 1,000 people lost power Tuesday after an electrical fire at the 15-story high rise located at 1111 University Blvd. The building lost power on Sunday also due to an electrical fire, officials said.

Georgia Ave reopened after water main break


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Georgia Avenue has reopened in Wheaton one day after a water main break shut down traffic and turned the road into a river.

Approximately 2.5 million gallons of water spilled out in two hours after the main near Georgia Avenue and Shorefield Road burst Wednesday afternoon.

This isn't the first time this main has broken. The main broke in November, causing similar flooding problems.

Construction work has been going on in the area for some time, as part of a redesign project at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. It's unknown whether that had anything to do with the break.

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