The Texas sheriff’s workplace investigating the homicide of an 8-year-old boy who was left to decay in an condominium has revealed new particulars on the “horrific” case.  

“The apartment was in a horrible condition. We saw soiled carpet, no furniture at all. No bedding, no blankets that we could see. We saw roaches and flies and very bad conditions for anyone to live in,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned at a press convention Wednesday.

The boy’s mom, Gloria Williams, was arrested Tuesday and charged with damage to a baby by omission and tampering with proof (human corpse). Her boyfriend, Brian Coulter, was charged with homicide and is jailed in a psychological well being facility on a $1 million bond.

“There aren’t many jobs in our agency that are tougher than those involving abused children,” Gonzalez mentioned. “These cases are horrific, heartbreaking cases of abuse and neglect. And they involve the most innocent and defenseless among our community.”


Harris County authorities responded to a name on Sunday after a 15-year-old boy instructed officers that his 8-year-old brother, Kendrick Lee, had been lifeless for a yr within the condominium. The teenager instructed the sheriff’s workplace that the physique was within the condominium he shared with two youthful brothers. 

Deputies arrived on the condominium Sunday and located {the teenager} dwelling alone together with his two youthful brothers, ages 7 and 10, and the corpse of the 8-year-old. The reason behind demise was dominated “homicidal violence with multiple blunt force injuries.”

The teenager instructed police that he discovered his brother’s physique within the condominium every week earlier than Thanksgiving final yr. Officials mentioned in court docket that the 10-year-old sibling was within the room when Coulter allegedly beat the 8-year-old to demise, kicking and punching him within the again and decrease on his physique. The sibling then noticed Coulter allegedly cowl the 8-year-old’s physique with a blue blanket, KHOU reported. 

The boys’ mom mentioned she confronted Coulter throughout the assault and didn’t report the violence and demise to police as a result of Coulter instructed her to not. Officials imagine the couple moved out of the condominium quickly after the demise. 


“I believe it was absolute fear,” HCSO Lt. Dennis Wilford instructed KHOU when requested why the teenager did not name 911 sooner. “Over time, I believe that the beatings were consistent, mainly directed at the younger children, and the 15-year-old was absolutely afraid, basically, hoping and relying on his mother to at some point to contact law enforcement…and that didn’t happen.”

The Sheriff’s workplace has not confirmed any blood relation between Coulter and the kids. Gonzalez mentioned that two of the boys have totally different fathers, with one “who is out of the picture” and one other who they imagine is lifeless. There are two extra siblings who didn’t stay within the condominium, in accordance with authorities. 

The three boys who had been dwelling within the condominium had been malnourished, and the 10-year-old is struggling with a jaw damage from weeks in the past. He is scheduled for surgical procedure and police imagine Coulter is liable for the damage. 

Neighbors of the boys recounted to native media this week that that they had no thought what was taking place within the condominium, and that the 15-year-old relied on them for meals. The neighbors added that they by no means noticed {the teenager}’s youthful siblings, and imagine the 15-year-old saved them a secret out of worry. 

(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

“After finding out what happened [Sunday], I think he was more nervous and scared,” neighbor Erica Chapman mentioned earlier this week of {the teenager}. “(He might be thinking) ‘are they going to blame me for this? Are my parents going to punish me for this?’ Maybe his parents told him they would be separated if he told anyone.”

Officials additionally backed up the neighbor’s feedback. 

“I do not believe that the two young boys were ever allowed to leave that apartment,” Wilford mentioned. “It’s possible they were locked in, possibly different parts of the apartment.”

Williams and Coulter had been dwelling in a distinct condominium about 25 minutes away, KHOU reported. 

The investigation is ongoing and it’s attainable extra prices shall be filed.

The youngsters are at the moment in Child Protective Services’ custody.