Police: Parents of deceased baby still won't talk

Doctors: 10-month-old baby burned over 50% of his body

Published On: Mar 28 2013 04:25:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 28 2013 04:34:35 PM CDT
PASADENA, Texas -

A day after a baby was brought into the hospital with burns over 50 percent of his body, police said the parents still won't talk to them about what happened.

Pasadena police said they've collected evidence from the home on North Memorial Court near Dabney, trying to figure out what led to the death of a 10-month-old baby. Investigators said the baby was scalded by hot water.

Gena Palacious lives nearby. She said she can't believe what happened.

"It's a tragedy," said Palacious. "The baby was innocent. The baby never got to enjoy life in this world."

Police said they were called to the Bayshore Hospital by medical staff who had just pronounced the baby dead.

Investigators said the child's parents drove him to the hospital themselves, instead of calling 911.

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A Child Protective Services spokeswoman said the agency had been dealing with the family for months. She said the first time they got a call was in June about possible abuse when the baby was just 1 month old.

CPS officials said they boy had a broken leg and no family member could say how it happened. CPS officials said they took legal custody and placed the baby with relatives.

In December, a court ordered the boy to be returned to his parents. CPS officials said a case worker visited the family every month. The last time was on March 12, and officials said they never noticed any other signs of abuse.

Investigators said it's too early in the investigation to determine whether the parents will be charged with a crime.

CPS officials said this was the couple's only child.