A University Park woman awaiting trial on prostitution and felony drug charges recently had her children taken away and is facing possible eviction.
Cynthia Martinez, 45, was arrested on Jan. 17, after police pulled her over and allegedly found one pill of what police believe to be an amphetamine.
Following the arrest, officials from University Park and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services became involved. On Wednesday, UP city attorney Robert Dillard sent a letter to the owners of the Fondren Drive home that Martinez rents, Don and Ellaine Stanford of Flower Mound.
“On behalf of the City of University Park, we hereby demand on you to cause the common nuisance described herein to be abated by whatever means you have available to you,” the letter reads. “You are advised that your failure to do so within twenty-one days after the date of this letter will result in suit being filed against you personally.”
The house could be declared a “common nuisance” under Chapter 25 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies, Dillard wrote, and failure to remove the nuisance could result in the inability to rent the home for one year.
In addition to the letter from University Park, the Stanfords were served notice Monday by an attorney retained by 30 property owners in the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Fondren. The letter includes a litany of indiscretions that have allegedly occurred at the home in recent years, including drug and alcohol activity, individuals sleeping in mattresses in the backyard, and an alleged drug overdose at the property in December.
“I have been instructed to file suit against you within ten days from the date hereof unless you have taken immediately action to abate the nuisance including, but not limited to, evicting the tenant and all the occupants of the Property,” the letter reads.
Calls to the attorney who filed the neighbors’ complaint were not returned. An e-mail to Ellaine Stanford was not returned.
Meanwhile, Martinez’s two teenage children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services on Tuesday, according to CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales. Martinez’s 15 year-old daughter is in foster care, but her 16-year-old son is not, Gonzales said Thursday.
Martinez was arrested in September 2009 for prostitution, after a vice officer said she offered an “upgrade” during a massage at her home. The charge was her second arrest for prostitution in 2009; the other happened in May in a Dallas hotel. In an interview with Park Cities People that year, she denied both charges.
According to Dallas County court records, neither case has concluded, though the September 2009 prostitution charge was recently transferred to a different court. Martinez was also charged with offering massages without a license for that incident.
Martinez’s house gained additional local notice on Dec. 17, 2010, when 20-year-old Warren Montgomery Merrill was found dead there. Toxicology reports are still pending, and may not be ready for another few weeks, according to the Dallas County medical examiner.