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Incident at 8800 Gulf Freeway

May 10, 2006 -- Houston Police homicide detectives are investigating the drowning death of a one-year-old baby girl at 8800 Gulf Freeway, apartment #22, on May 9, 2006.

Homicide investigators C. Abbey and P. Motard report:

At approximately 1:00 PM on May 9, 2006, the father of five children, ranging in age from twin one-year-olds to a five-year-old, left all five children in the apartment alone while he went to a nearby grocery store. Sometime after the father left, the five-year-old child found the baby in the bathtub. The five-year-old removed the baby from the bathtub and ran to a neighbor's apartment for help. The neighbor returned and found the lifeless baby on the floor of the bathroom. The neighbor called 9-1-1 for assistance and attempted CPR. HFD paramedics arrived at the scene but their efforts to revive the baby were unsuccessful.

The victim, Sole Wilson, is a one-year-old twin, born on 4/28/2005.

The four surviving children were taken into protective custody by HPD Juvenile Division officers and turned over to Children Protective Services.

The father, Wade Wilson (B/M 5-7-1982), was taken into custody by HPD investigators and charged with two counts of child endangerment. The charges are pending in the 339th State District Court and Wilson's first court appearance is scheduled for May 11, 2006. At this time, Wade Wilson is in the Harris County jail and no bond has been set for these charges.

Anyone with further information regarding this case is urged to contact the Houston Police Department, Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.


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