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A Houston mother and her boyfriend have been formally indicted in the deadly beating of her eight-year-old son.
Brian Coulter, 32, was indicted for capital murder. Gloria Williams, 35, was indicted for injury to a child, serious bodily injury and tampering with a corpse, according to KTRK.
Coulter allegedly abused and beat Kendrick Lee to death. Afterwards, his three brothers — ages 15, 9 and 7 — were forced to live with his body as it decayed, with little or no adult supervision as .
They were also abused, according to KTRK.
Prosecutors said Coulter and Williams eventually moved to a nearby apartment but kept paying the rent and had groceries delivered once a month to prevent authorities from discovering the body.
“We gotta dig into the facts of this case and see what happened in it.” Williams’s attorney Neil Davis III told KHOU in November. “We need to start looking at the case and see what’s going on before we — everybody — finds her guilty. She’s not guilty yet.”
The couple was arrested last year on October 26 after the 15-year-old called 911. Police estimate that Kendrick died sometime between November 20 and November 29 in 2020.
The children told authorities that they were sometimes locked in a room with Kendrick’s remains.
He was described as a caregiver for the younger siblings by Sgt. Dennis Wolfford, according to KTRK. But, he said, the teen had reached the point that he couldn’t take it anymore.
Investigators said the boys lived in a “filthy, disgusting environment,” according to KTRK.
Wolfford said the apartment had no electricity and, when police turned on their flashlights so they could see inside the apartment, roaches ran across the floor.
Authorities said the boys are all living together in foster care. An older sister, who spent much of her life in the care of relatives, is not involved in the case, according to KTRK.
Prosecutors urged the public to keep an eye out for possible child abuse cases.
“That’s why it’s so important, and we’ve been trying to get the message out, if you see something, say something,” Assistant District Attorney Andrea Bell said according to KTRK. “Especially now in the time of Covid when people are spending more and more time at home, it’s really important that people report any sort of abuse that they see.”
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