HOUSTON – A couple bears felony injury to a child charges after a 7-year-old boy was left severely injured in March, according to documents registered in court.
Officials tell 27-year-old l attempted to teach a lesson to his girlfriend, 26-year-old Roekeicha Lashay Brisby’s son for misbehaving in school in March.
Terrell is blamed for making the child stand in a shower as he sprayed him with hot water that occurred in burns on his head, face, neck, and chest. The boy said to police he went to bed after the attack and Brisby noticed his injuries the next day.
She is accused of misleading police and doctors regarding how the boy got burned. Police tell that she told them the boy was playing with a ball and ran into the kitchen and knocked over a wok of boiling water on the stove. When questioned to recreate the moment, police tell that she was doubtful and then explained in a way that was implausible.
She also said to police that she brought the child to the hospital a few days later but police discovered no reports of his treatment. She did take the boy to his pediatrician but not to a Shriners Burn Hospital, as earlier recommended by a nurse practitioner.
A teacher informed the police that she had noticed the boy with hands so swollen, she believed he was wearing gloves. When questioned regarding it, the teacher told the police that he told that he had been hit with a ruler.
Many witnesses, including the teacher, informed police they had reported the boy’s mother and her boyfriend to Child Protective Services. When family members made reports, they said to police that Brisby ended allowing them to be around the child.
In August, the boy’s biological father viewed him for the first time in 2 years, as he had been in jail, police tell. When he noticed the scars, he reported the claimed abuse to the Houston Police Department, according to the court records.
Terrell and Brisby each bear one count of felony injury to a child and were brought into custody by the Humble Police Department. They are listed to appear in court on Monday, Dec. 2. The child has been put in the care of relatives.