Houston — Young Girl Dead After Mother Beats Her
Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 12:12 am
A 5-year-old girl was found dead at their apartment in the 8500 block of Broadway Street, near Hobby Airport, in Houston, Texas on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
According to Houston Police, Andrea Webb, 21, attempted to discipline her daughter by forcing her to sit against a wall without support of a seat. When the child did not do so, Webb then struck her with a belt. The child then sustained visible injuries to her face, chest, abdomen, arms, and back. In panic, Webb called 911 at around 10:55 p.m. and reported that her daughter had fallen from the second story of their apartment. However, upon the arrival of the police, officers discovered that the child’s injuries were not consistent with a fall. Webb eventually admitted to fabricating the fall story.
Webb was then arrested, with her charges being upgraded to murder, and her bond is set at $50,000.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the young girl in this scenario. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.
A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.
An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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