THE mother of three children who had reportedly been living with their nine-year-old brother's corpse for nearly a year has been arrested along with her boyfriend.
According to ABC13, Gloria Y. Williams, 35, has been charged with injury to a child by omission, failure to provide medical care and failure to provide adequate supervision.
Williams' boyfriend, Brian W. Coulter, has been charged with murder in connection to the child's death, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, in Texas.
The outlet reported on Monday that the couple had been questions by Harris County Sheriff's Office, later confirming that the couple had been taken into custody again on Tuesday afternoon.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the boy, 15, called 911 on Sunday and said his brother had been dead in the room next to his.
The teen had reportedly been fending for himself and caring for his two younger brothers, collecting food from neighbors.
He told deputies that his mom hasn't been back in months, leaving him and his two other brothers, ages 7 and 10, alone.
According to reports, the young boy died from "homicidal violence with multiple blunt force injuries."
Police said the children's mother and boyfriend lived in a separate apartment about 15 minutes away.
Neighbors told ABC13 that the 15-year-old would come to them for food.
One resident, Erica Chapman, said the teen would not accept cooked meals – only packaged snacks, fruit and pizza.
She added that she thought the 15-year-old did not mention his siblings out of fear.
Another neighbor, Trevor Thompson, also said he provided the teen with food.
He described the teen as paranoid and said he was afraid of getting poisoned, which is why he would only accept certain food.
According to reports, in 2019 and 2020, the school district filed truancy papers against the mother, as two children failed to show up to school.
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