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Update on Incident at 7396 Schuller

December 15, 2006 -- Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the beating death of a child following an incident at 7396 Schuller about 5:30 p.m. on December 4.

The suspect, Dennis Antoine Andrus (b/m, DOB 5-30-83), of 7396 Schuller, is charged with capital murder in the 339th State District Court. He is accused in the killing of his daughter, India Burnett, 16 months old, who suffered skull fractures. A photo of suspect Andrus is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.C. Padilla and Officer S. Straughter reported:

Baby India was first hospitalized on December 4 at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital for unknown reasons. She was then transferred to Ben Taub General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on December 8. An autopsy performed by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office revealed India died of blunt trauma to the head. A subsequent investigation led to charges being filed against her father.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dennis Andrus is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Update GO/JFC 12-15-06
GO 12-9-06
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.