TWO special needs boys gave gripping courtroom testimony accusing their mother and her boyfriend of starving them, after it was revealed that the their 8-year-old brother was beaten to death and left to rot.
Brian Coulter, 30, allegedly punched and kicked Kendrick Lee so brutally that the child passed out and was riddled with black eyes.
‘HIDING A 8-YEAR-OLD’S CORPSE’
After the alleged beating, Coulter then covered his body with a blanket, according to ABC13.
The child’s mother, Gloria Williams, 35, reportedly told Harris County Sheriff’s deputies she tried to stop Coulter punching from inflicting the alleged assault on her son last November.
Williams claimed that Coulter apologized and admitted at the time that he had lost control and kept punching Lee “until he went to sleep.”
A day after Lee suffered the attack, the mother said checked on her youngest son who was lifeless under the blanket.
Authorities argue that Williams allegedly covered up her son’s murder by hiding the young boy’s corpse in the closet, where his skeletal remains were found this week after her 15-year-old phoned police, Harris County Sheriff’s Office told the US Sun on Tuesday.
Williams was arrested and booked with injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence (hiding a human corpse), according to the criminal complaint obtained by The Sun.
In court, Williams is accused of admitting that failed to inform law enforcement because Coulter warned her not to and she feared she would go to jail and that she would lose custody of her surviving kids, ABC 13 reported.
‘FEND FOR THEMSELVES’
Ultimately, the couple abandoned Williams’ three other children in the Harris County, Texas home to “fend for themselves,” authorities stated.
Williams’ ditched three other children – ages 15, 10 and seven – continued to live in the Harris County, Texas horror house with Lee’s skeletal remains for nearly a year.
Meanwhile, the couple carried on with their lives without the kids and acted as if nothing was awry.
On each of their Instagram accounts, they showed off their Valentine’s Day gifts, which included nearly dozen items of Zales jewelry.
Williams wrote in the caption, “My husband bought this for me for valentines day i love him very much everything is real.”
Coulter is seen in an Instagram video flashing a large, silver pinky ring that reads “CEO” and a thick silver chain with a silver cross pendant.
The Instagram video caption reads, “have valentines his (sic) wat i got and a diamond bracelet we have been through the mud and bacc (sic) real talk we made it and we blessed.”
“Gentleman, treat your ladies right if they deserve it,” he said in the video.
The couple also weren’t shy brandishing new “Warrior” tattoos in pictures and videos as early as April, which was about five months after the alleged murder.
Lee’s skeletal remains were found in a pile of blankets on Sunday after Williams’ 15-year-old called the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, police told the US Sun in a previous interview.
The teenager told officers he and his siblings have been living with Lee’s remains in the next room for almost a year.
The medical examiner’s office said Lee died from “homicidal violence with multiple blunt force injuries.”
The couple would occasionally paid visits to Williams’ boys.
During one visit, investigators accuse Coulter of inflicting another beating.
This time it was on a 9-year-old boy three weeks ago.
The boy wasn’t treated for injuries and he is expected to undergo surgery, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
‘SWEET AS CAN BE’
The couple sometimes brought food to the kids through a delivery service but ABC 13 described the meals as mostly snacks like noodles, chips and soft drinks.
Once deputies found the boys alone in the family’s the apartment and may have been locked in.
The boys were distinctly underweight and malnourished.
When authorities arrived, they asked for donuts and the deputies treated them to some at a shop called Shipley’s, according to Harris County Sheriff Sgt. Dennis Wolfford.
“Very sweet children. Very nice. Very well spoken… at the same time , that thousand yard stare, that blankness in the eyes,” he recalled of the kids.
“At the same time they were as sweet as you can be.”
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