The person accused of murdering his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son in a Texas home of horrors is a “textbook case of an individual who abuses kids”, based on legislation enforcement.
Harris County officers stated in a press convention on Wednesday that Brian Coulter had abused his girlfriend Gloria William’s kids “constantly” for a number of years, earlier than allegedly beating and kicking Kendrick Lee to demise in November 2020.
The abuse continued even after Kendrick’s homicide, when the couple deserted her three surviving kids within the Harris County house alongside their brother’s rotting physique, officers stated.
When the three kids – aged 15, 9 and 7 – had been lastly rescued on Sunday, the nine-year-old was discovered to have an untreated jaw harm allegedly brought on by Mr Coulter simply weeks in the past.
The younger little one should now endure surgical procedure for the harm, officers stated.
Brian Coulter was arrested and charged with the homicide of Kendrick on Tuesday, two days after authorities discovered his skeletal stays inside a unit at CityParc II at West Oaks Flats in Harris County, Texas, alongside his three ravenous brothers.
The 31-year-old allegedly murdered Kendrick between 20 and 29 November 2020 by punching and kicking him to demise.
For the subsequent 11 months, the boy’s physique was shoved in a closet to decompose whereas his three brothers had been left to fend for themselves within the house, based on the legal criticism.
Mr Coulter’s bond was set at $1m on Wednesday morning and he’s presently being held at a psychological well being facility.
Ms Williams was additionally arrested on Tuesday and charged with the felony fees of harm to a toddler by omission and tampering with a human corpse.
The 35-year-old mom of the 4 kids is accused of concealing her son’s demise, ravenous one in every of her different surviving sons and failing to guard one other from harm.
Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace stated the costs might be upgraded or additional fees added within the case.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated within the press convention that there was “no proof” that Ms Williams was additionally a sufferer of abuse by her boyfriend.
He stated the couple had been in a relationship for a number of years and that the “beatings had had been constant over time” for the kids.
Mr Coulter just isn’t the organic father of any of the 4 kids.
Officers stated they’ve realized that the kids are to 2 completely different fathers, one in every of whom is believed to be lifeless whereas the opposite just isn’t concerned in his kids’s lives.
Ms Williams is believed to even have two different kids not dwelling on the house or with the couple.
Sergeant Denis Wolford described the scenario inside the home of horrors as “basic little one abuse”, calling Mr Coulter a “very manipulative individual”.
Whereas Ms Williams just isn’t accused of being violent towards her kids, Sgt Wolford stated the mom and her boyfriend are “each abusers”.
“He’s an abuser bodily and he or she is an abuser by omission,” he stated.
Sgt Wolford stated Ms Williams and Mr Coulter moved out of the house, abandoning the kids round 5 to 6 months after Kendrick’s homicide.
They had been dwelling in an house round 25 minutes away to “distance themselves from the lifeless little one” whereas they “knew your complete time his lifeless physique was within the house”, he stated.
Throughout this time, the 2 youthful boys weren’t allowed to depart the house, he stated.
“There was some proof they had been locked in,” he stated.
The abuse continued throughout this time, he stated.
“The beatings had been constant and primarily involving the youthful kids,” he stated.
Within the case of the nine-year-old’s jaw harm, the sergeant stated they believed the kid might have been taken elsewhere, abused after which taken again to the house.
Sheriff Gonzalez stated the dwelling situations that the kids had been subjected to had been “unspeakable”, describing the dirty carpets, roaches and flies, no furnishings and never even bedding for the youngsters to sleep on.
The sheriff stated discovering the kids in such a horrific scenario was “for legislation enforcement veterans, essentially the most disturbing incident they labored of their whole legislation enforcement careers.”
“It appeared too horrific to be actual,” he stated.
The 15-year-old boy had known as the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace on Sunday afternoon to report that his youthful brother had been lifeless for a 12 months and that his dad and mom had not been dwelling with him and his two surviving siblings on the house for a number of months.
The sheriff stated deputies arriving on the scene discovered the “dry skeletal stays” of Kendrick and the three kids who had been all “very skinny”, hungry and affected by accidents.
“The mom, we imagine, was offering some meals by supply service or having meals dropped off on a reasonably routine foundation,” stated Sheriff Gonzalez, including that it was junk meals.
At the least two of the kids are on the autism spectrum and none had been in class in any respect for greater than a 12 months, the officers stated.
A spokesperson for Alief Unbiased Faculty District informed The Unbiased on Tuesday that the kids had not been enrolled since Could 2020 and that truancy complaints had been filed towards Williams for the kids in each 2019 and 2020.
“The youngsters [appeared] youthful than their chronological age. They had been very candy kids,” Sgt Wolford stated.
He added that the 15-year-old had been too afraid to alert the authorities to what was occurring as officers praised the teenager’s bravery for coming ahead this weekend.
“Within the midst of the darkness of this horrific scenario I’m so glad that the 15-year-old reached out for assist,” stated Sheriff Gonzalez.
He stated he hoped that the surviving kids can now get the “love, assist and safety that they so desperately want and deserve”.
“We hope that their future is best than their previous,” he stated.
“Could this little angel relaxation in peace – didn’t have an opportunity,” he stated of their brother Kendrick.
The Texas Division of Household and Protecting companies has taken the surviving kids into emergency custody.