HOUSTON – A 21-year-old mother has been arrested in connection to the death of her son.
Police had a warrant out for Jasmine Jones, 21, who is charged with two counts of injury to her 3-year-old child, according to officials.
The Houston fire department was called to 301 Wilcrest Drive at about 8:25 a.m. Nov. 8, when they found the 3-year-old unresponsive, authorities said.
Paramedics said the child had bruising around his pelvis, head and back, so they rushed him to an emergency room, where he died.
An autopsy from Harris County Institute of Forensic Science determined he died as a result of external and internal injuries to his back, abdomen, pelvis, buttocks and head, police said.
Investigators said the boy’s injuries were so bad, the autopsy took two days to complete. Police believe multiple people may be responsible for abusing the child.
In a news conference Thursday, police said the child's injuries were sustained by some sort of item, possibly a belt, used to harm the child. They said it appears the abuse went on for some time and that this case was one of the worst cases of child abuse they have seen.
“It was a 3-year-old who could walk and talk, an innocent child,” said Chris Hassig of the Houston Police Department.
Officials said Jones has a history with Child Protective Services, or CPS.
In fact, she regained custody of her 3-year-old son about a month before his death.
She lost custody of him about a year and a half ago, after he suffered second degree burns on his chest.
Family members told police he jumped into a bathtub filled with hot water. No criminal charges were filed and Jones went through the necessary steps to regain custody of her son.
Jones also has a 10-month-old daughter, police said. It does not appear she suffered any injuries. She is now in CPS custody.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jones is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.