Arrest Made in Investigation of Starved, Abused 12-Year Old Boy

A woman accused of injury to a child was arrested Thursday after her boyfriend's 12-year old son was taken to Driscoll Children's Hospital, showing signs of starvation and abuse.

Amanda Gonzales, 28, is now behind bars, with bond set at $100,000. A Driscoll doctor said the child appeared to have not eaten for seven-10 days.

Gonzales was arrested after being questioned by investigators, who obtained information from doctors who examined the boy.

John Lennon with Child Protective Services could not say much about the case, but court records showed that six children living in Gonzales and her boyfriend's apartment are now in temporary custody of foster care.

The kids were removed by the state after doctors at Driscoll Children's Hospital determined that one of the children, the 12-year old boy, showed signs of neglect, starvation and physical abuse. Three of the children belong to Gonzales' boyfriend, and the other three belong to her.

According to court records, the 12-year old child was not fed at home and would often be punished by being forced to stand in a corner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. It was after the doctor's determination that the state moved in to remove the rest of the children from the household.

"The Department is scheduled to present our case in court at what's called an adversary hearing, where our judge will review all of the information that is on file with the court, and the judge will make a decision based on that information," Lennon said.

The court documents show that the boy would often be spanked with a belt and a piñata stick. The doctor's report indicates that swelling on the boy's ankles and lower body were indicative of someone standing for long periods of time.


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