December 3, 2021

Boyfriend Brian Coulter Broke Child’s Jaw Weeks Earlier than Houston Home of Horrors Discovery, Cops Say

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A Texas man charged with felony homicide for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son to loss of life—then abandoning the victim’s three young brothers to fend for themselves in a grimy residence alongside the decaying corpse—had subjected the youngsters to common bodily abuse, breaking the center youngster’s jaw in current weeks, police mentioned Wednesday.

Brian Ward Coulter, 31, killed the boy, Kendrick Lee, along with his fists and ft round Thanksgiving 2020, according to a criminal complaint filed in Harris County District Court. Preliminary reviews listed Kendrick’s age as 9, however authorities later mentioned he was 8.

Coulter and the children’ mother, Gloria Yvette Williams, 35, left the “dry… skeletal stays” behind within the Houston-area house they shared with the 4 youngsters, two of whom are believed to be on the autism spectrum, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a press conference.

The surviving brothers, aged 7, 10, and 15, were only rescued from the “deplorable” home on Sunday after the 15-year-old reportedly texted his mother to say he couldn’t take it anymore, then known as 911.

Investigators mentioned that Williams and Coulter had been collectively for just a few years and abuse was commonplace for Williams’ boys, who had two completely different fathers, one in every of whom has since died.

“I believe that the beatings have been constant…primarily involving the youthful kids,” Harris County Sgt. Dennis Wolfford mentioned.

After Kendrick died, the couple caught round within the Houston house for some time, Wolfford mentioned, however then ditched the boys within the naked, roach-infested house for no purpose aside from their very own comfort.

“Frequent sense would let you know that they [were] distancing themselves from a useless youngster,” Wolfford mentioned. “By the point they moved out, you’re speaking about in all probability 5 to 6 months after loss of life. They know your complete time that there’s a useless physique on this house…. In order that they go reside in one other house in order that they don’t must be round it.”

Coulter and Williams moved into a brand new place about 25 minutes away, in line with police. The lease for the Houston house continued to be paid for by authorities help, they mentioned.

Williams sometimes stopped by to offer some meals and likewise despatched some meals through supply, Gonzalez mentioned. At one level just a few weeks in the past, Coulter allegedly attacked the center youngster, leaving him with a damaged jaw.

The child by no means noticed a health care provider however will now endure surgical procedure to repair his shattered face, Wolfford mentioned. The three surviving brothers have been all “very skinny,” he added.

Gonzalez described the house as having been in “deplorable situation,” with no furnishings, no bedding or blankets, dirty carpet, and an infestation of bugs.

The boys weren’t allowed to go away the house, and there was some proof that that they had been locked up in numerous components of the house.

“This can be a textbook case of an individual that abuses kids,” mentioned Wolfford.

Investigators don’t imagine Williams, who has six kids in whole, was abused by Coulter, who reportedly didn’t father any of the 4 deserted youngsters. Williams is charged with two counts of injury to a child by omission and one depend of tampering with evidence—particularly, a human corpse. She can also be facing charges of failure to offer medical care and failure to offer ample supervision.

Little is thought about Coulter, whose Instagram web page is crammed with videos of himself eating well, images of himself sporting diamond jewelry, and professing his love for his girlfriend and family.

In testimony supplied by the 2 youngest boys throughout a Wednesday courtroom listening to for Williams, each recounted the second they mentioned Coulter killed their brother, saying he kicked and punched the 8-year-old till he had black eyes and stopped transferring.

Williams allegedly advised police she noticed the assault occur, as properly. She claimed she tried unsuccessfully to cease Coulter, who she mentioned apologized the following day, saying he had snapped and beat the boy “till he went to sleep,” reported local ABC affiliate KTRK.

Williams mentioned in courtroom that she knew her son was useless final November however that Coulter advised her to not report it to police, and that she feared the children could be taken away and he or she could be jailed.

Wolfford advised reporters the eldest youngster was “simply completely afraid and mainly hoping or counting on his mom to, in some unspecified time in the future, contact legislation enforcement and advise of his deceased brother in the home. And that didn’t occur, and I believe after a yr’s time, the 15-year-old lastly mentioned, ‘Sufficient is sufficient.’”

Final Sunday, the teenager known as 911. When officers arrived, they discovered Kendrick’s decomposing physique out within the open.

“It seems they have been mainly fending for one another,” Gonzalez said at the time. “The older sibling was doing one of the best he may to care for the others.”

When police rescued the boys, they requested them in the event that they have been hungry. They requested for donuts, which the cops duly supplied.

Whereas Williams had sometimes been offering meals, Gonzalez mentioned cops “didn’t see something that was wholesome,” describing it “extra like junk meals, noodles and chips and delicate drinks and issues like that.”

The children hadn’t attended college since Might 2020, in line with KTRK. The native college district twice filed truancy papers in opposition to Williams, however costs have been dismissed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The youngsters had been getting further sustenance from a neighbor who provided meals and charged their cellphone after the house’s electrical energy was shut off, a spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to The Daily Beast.

Residents of the CityParc II improvement, which is about 20 miles from downtown Houston, couldn’t perceive how issues obtained so dangerous for therefore lengthy with out anybody recognizing an issue.

Isaac Ford, 54, advised The Each day Beast he had seen Williams across the complicated every now and then, however by no means noticed her youngsters.

“It’s simply so unusual how a complete physique could possibly be in a home for a complete yr with no one coming in or out and seeing it,” Ford mentioned.

One thing’s not including proper. One thing ain’t proper.

One neighbor advised The Each day Beast that upkeep workers had just lately been “coming round to all of the flats to see in the event that they wanted to be repaired.” She questioned how not one of the staff observed a useless physique within the unit.

“I’m involved no one smelt nothing,” the neighbor mentioned, declining to be recognized out of concern for her personal security. “One thing’s not including proper. One thing ain’t proper.”

One other neighbor, who additionally requested anonymity, told KTRK that the odor emanating from the house was so foul, she couldn’t run her air conditioner as a result of it introduced the stench inside her residence. The neighbor mentioned she requested constructing administration to look into it, however nothing occurred.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, the entity answerable for all autopsies in Harris, listed Kendrick’s reason behind loss of life as “homicidal violence with a number of blunt pressure accidents.” Officers there declined to offer further info, and advised The Each day Beast that the post-mortem report wouldn’t be out there till after the prison case has been adjudicated.

Coulter and Williams have been detained for questioning final Sunday by police, who discovered the duo at a public library, looking online for news about their case. They have been initially launched as a result of investigators wanted extra time to assemble proof, Wolfford mentioned.

“I’ll say these kids can be very very important, and key witnesses, within the prosecution of Mr. Coulter,” he mentioned Wednesday.

The three surviving boys at the moment are below the care of state youngster welfare authorities. In an interview with the Each day Mail, the grandmother of the 7-year-old youngster said she would have gladly adopted all four of the kids had she recognized what was occurring.

Coulter’s mother, Debbie Vasconcellos, instantly hung up with out remark when contacted on her cellphone by The Each day Beast. Coulter’s father didn’t reply to a voicemail in search of remark. Kin of Williams have been unable to be reached on Wednesday. Lawyer info for Coulter and Williams has not but been made out there.

Coulter is now present process a court-ordered psychiatric analysis. A choose set his bail at $1 million. Williams’ mixed bail for all three costs added as much as $900,000. Police mentioned extra costs are anticipated to be filed.

Mentioned Wolfford on Wednesday, “This one affected us.”

—with further reporting by William Bredderman

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