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Updated: 1/11/2013 8:17 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- There are disturbing new details about Amy Hatzenpiller, the woman who escaped a mobile home fire, leaving three children behind to perish.

She and her ex-boyfriend, Shane Gouilahardou, are charged with second-degree murder and child neglect, accused of being high on meth when it happened.

Hatzenpiller has two other children who faced a troubled start to life, and have now been up for adoption.

The question: where was Child Protective Services during all of this?

In the grand jury transcript, a woman testified she met a pregnant Hatzenpiller drinking what appeared to be a Tequila Sunrise in a bar in 2005.

The woman said, under oath, Hatzenpiller had a baby girl named serene, who was left alone in a motor home outside a bar. The witness testified that she contacted Child Protective Services.

But a CPS representative testified that they have no record of such a call.

The grand jury transcript paints a picture too troubling to imagine. Hatzenpiller’s 18-month old baby girl left in a mobile home lying in a urine-soaked mattress on a frigid December night in 2005.

According to the transcript, a woman found the baby “smelling like a dead body,” amidst feces in a motorhome with flat tires and broken windows.

The woman said the baby, named serene, was “laying in the back of the motorhome on a bed of dirty clothes and she was soaking wet.”

She also testified that serene was “covered in diaper rash.”

The woman said she drove Hatzenpiller and the baby back to her home, where she threw out their clothes and gave them new ones.

After showering, apparently Hatzenpiller walked out, leaving her baby behind.

That woman claims she contacted Child Protective Services to report the abandoned baby girl. CPS said it could take the child or gave her the option of keeping her themselves.

The woman and her family opted to keep the baby.

The woman reports there was no communication with Hatzenpiller until months later, when she surfaced at a bar. The family asked to adopt the girl.

The woman testified Hatzenpiller didn't hug the child, but did ask about the money they'd be willing to pay to adopt her.

Amy reportedly left without her daughter and didn't come back until December 2006 accompanied by officers. It was nearly a year after she abandoned her baby girl.

The family was forced to give the child back to Hatzenpiller, who wanted to reclaim baby Serene.

That prompted prosecutors to ask CPS how this could happen. CPS claims there is no documentation to support the woman's claims, no documentation of child abandonment or of a child reportedly left in cold conditions while her pregnant mother had a drink in a warm bar.

How does Child Protective Services have no record of such an event?

According to the testimony from the assistant director of family services, they can't even confirm a phone call was made to their hot line because they had issues with the system. They also have no record that any worker went to that location.

Child Protective Services did not respond to an interview request.

Hatzenpiller and Gouilahardou are being held on $600,000 bond each.


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