Woman and her boyfriend arrested for the death of one of their children

A woman and her boyfriend were arrested Tuesday in the death of the woman’s son, whose skeletal remains were found inside a Houston-area apartment with three surviving but apparently abandoned siblings, authorities said.

Bryan W. Coulter, the 32-year-old boyfriend of the dead boy’s mother, was charged Tuesday with murder. The mother, Gloria Y. Williams, 36, was charged with serious injury to a child by omission, failure to provide medical care and failure to provide adequate supervision, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Tuesday night.

Both were booked into the Harris County Jail without bond pending court appearances. It was not immediately clear whether the two had lawyers. González said more charges are possible.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, which performs all autopsies in the county, listed the leading cause of death as "Homicidal violence with multiple blunt force injuries".

Michele Arnold, a spokeswoman for the institute, said her agency could not provide additional details.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, also said he could not immediately provide more information because his agency was still investigating the death.

One of the surviving brothers, a 15-year-old boy, called the sheriff’s department on Sunday and told authorities that his 9-year-old brother had been dead for a year and that the body was inside the apartment, according to the law enforcement agency. .

Agents found the teenager and two other brothers, ages 10 and 7, living alone in the apartment, González said. The 15-year-old told authorities that his parents had not lived in the apartment for several months.

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González said it appeared that the surviving children were "defending each other", and that the older brother took care of the two younger ones.

Their apartment had no electricity and a neighbor had helped the children by charging them a cell phone and buying them food, Gilliland said.

The youngest children appeared to be malnourished and had physical injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. The three brothers were transferred to a hospital, evaluated and treated.

The children last attended school in May 2020, said Craig Eichhorn, a spokesman for the Alief School District. They did not return for the 2020-2021 school year, and school officials attempted an unsuccessful home visit in September 2020, Eichhorn said.

On Monday, a judge awarded the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services temporary custody of the three children.

Investigators were still trying to determine why no one at the apartment complex had noticed anything unusual, Gilliland said.

Highmark Residential, the property management company that runs the apartment complex, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

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