Charges Filed Against Spring Couple After Starved Neglected Child Found

Harris County CPS takes custody of starved 5-year-old boy.


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Harris County prosecutors are filing charges against a father and stepmother who allegedly starved the man’s young son.

The emaciated boy was found by police officers responding to an altercation at a Spring-area home.

The five-year-old was allegedly forced to live in a closet under the stairs and was severely malnourished and bleeding when officers located him.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson says charges of child endangerment have been filed, but they’re waiting on medical reports and may upgrade the charges to injury to a child.

“There are signs of child abuse that are very obvious, and I would say that neglect — this child was obviously neglected, very small for his age. If somebody saw that, I mean that is a definite sign that he may be being neglected or abused.”

CPS had previously investigated the family for reports of abuse, but social workers say on their last visit there were no visible signs of neglect.

CPS Spokeswoman Estella Olguin says they have taken custody of the boy and he is being treated in a hospital.

“We’ve had calls about this child and we saw him February 21. There’s photographs of him, he certainly didn’t look in this state of malnourishment. But there were already concerns about the treatment he was getting at home and allegations that he was possibly not being fed and being kept in a closet.”

CPS is seeking custody of six other children who also lived in the house, ranging in age from 16 to one year old.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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