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Incident at 11606 Courtshire

April 7, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating the death of a child at 11606 Courtshire about 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2005.

The victim is identified as James Dalton Powell, 20 months, of 11606 Courtshire. The boy suffered various trauma to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Newcomb and Officer T. Huynh reported:

Houston police officers received a call to 11618 Courtshire regarding a person down. When the officers arrived, they found Theresa Ann Blount (w/f, DOB: 8-22-68) carrying the victim in the middle of the street and screaming for help. There were signs of trauma visible on the baby's body. Paramedics arrived at the location and it was determined that boy was dead prior to the arrival of police and paramedics.

The boy was under the care of Blount for several hours prior to the call for police assistance. He had been transported from the Livingston, Texas, area prior to the reporting of the incident.

A joint investigation of the incident by the Houston Police Department Homicide Division and the Polk County Sheriff's office was initiated. The Texas Department of Childrens' Protective Services was also notified. The investigation is continuing in Houston and Polk County. There have been discrepancies found in some of the statements made by the witnesses in both places. Blount remains in custody at this time.

The baby was transported to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office where the cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or 800-887-5800.

JGA/JFC 4-7-05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.