SAN ANTONIO -- A young San Antonio mother who is considered a deserter by the U.S. Army says she had no idea that was her status.
Sabrina Torres, 26, was arrested earlier this week and booked at the Bexar County Jail.
Her mother, Cindi Mayen, told KENS 5 that Torres signed up for the Army in 2003 when she was 18 years old. But then she found out she was pregnant.
Mayen said the recruiting officer told them Torres would be discharged. But now, the Army says Torres never followed the proper procedures and was never discharged.
Why are they giving you false information, telling you to sign up, swear in and go, then you don't have to go after all? Mayen asked.
Mayen said the recruiting officer then told Torres to just show up at the airport as if she was going to basic training, then they would go pick her up and take her home.
Mayen said that's exactly what happened, and so Torres thought those were the proper procedures.
Mayen said a few months later they received a letter saying Torres was AWOL.
I took her to Fort Sam Houston and they told us not to worry about that letter and that everything would be fine, Mayen said.
Four children and seven years later, Mayen said the situation is far from fine. Now her daughter was forced to go to jail for a couple of days, and they fear she will get a dishonorable discharge.
Mayen said Torres is now in Fort Sill in Oklahoma receiving her discharge papers.
There's been no word yet on what kind of discharge Torres will be getting.