HPD Arrest Abusive Parents And Northeast Officers
Pitch In To Help
July 5, 2006 -- Houston Police
Department Juvenile Division investigators arrested the father
and step-mother of a 12-year-old boy after it was discovered that
the child suffered multiple bruises and fractures from years of
neglect and abuse. Both
have been charged with injury to a child. Dwayne Anderson Sr.
(bm/ DOB 8-4-68) is charged in the 351st State District Court
and Roberta Randall Anderson (bf/ DOB 8-1-66) is charged in the
179th State District Court.
Relatives of the child discovered severe swelling
and bruising on the 12-year-old around June 16, 2006. During the
initial investigation, HPD Juvenile officers learned that the
abuse occurred while the child was living with his father, step-mother
and four sisters over a four-day period and had not received any
medical attention for those injuries. An aunt and uncle took the
child to a clinic on June 20 after they noticed that he was in
tremendous pain and limping. The child was later transported to
Texas Children's Hospital where he was immediately admitted after
old and new injuries were found.
Doctors determined that the child had healing
fractures to his left foot, sacral spine, lower lumbar (back),
left hand, lower legs, old scars to the head, shoulder, elbow,legs
and an open chin wound that was infected. HPD Officer Catherine
Gardner-Sanders, who is handling the investigation, stated that
in all her years of working HPD Juvenile child abuse cases she
had never seen an abuse case this horrific.
All indications suggest the child was struck
with a stick, PVC pipe, hammer and extension cord. The child's
life was repeatedly threatened if he told anyone about his injuries.
The sister of the victim was also abused but not to the extent
he had suffered.
The aunt and uncle were given custody of the
child and his 15-year-old sister after a thorough CPS investigation
was conducted. However they live in a two-bedroom home with their
own two children and need to convert their garage into a third
bedroom to accommodate the children.
After learning about the family's situation,
officers with the Northeast Patrol Division are voluntarily collecting
money and supplies to assist the family in converting their garage
into a bedroom for the two abused children.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division a