Brian Coulter was seen in a number of movies speaking about smoking weed and consuming alcohol.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Public Instagram accounts of each Gloria Williams and her boyfriend, Brian Coulter, provide an inside have a look at their lives.
Williams and Coulter had been arrested Tuesday in reference to the loss of life of Williams’ 8-year-old son. Each appeared in courtroom Wednesday.
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Coulter is charged with homicide and stays jailed in a psychological well being facility on a $1 million bond. Williams is charged with harm to a baby by omission and tampering with proof (human corpse). Her bond was set at $900,000.
Social media posts
Scrolling by way of the couple’s Instagram pages, they showcase jewellery, meals and Coulter talks about getting drunk or excessive repeatedly.
“Getting excessive … it’s not for everyone,” Coulter says laughing in a single video.
“I smoke mad weed. I drink mad … Look, I simply do my fair proportion of issues, OK,” he says in one other video.
First courtroom look
On Wednesday, as Williams stood earlier than a decide for her first courtroom look, prosecutors mentioned her 7-year-old son instructed investigators that Coulter’s consuming led to the abuse.
“He acknowledged when the codefendant will drink beer and alcohol, he would get very sturdy,” a decide heard.
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Throughout a press convention Wednesday, investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned the boys had been crushed, locked in rooms and malnourished. They had been pressured to stay alone in the identical house with their 8-year-old brother’s stays. Court docket paperwork say Coulter beat Kendrick Lee to loss of life in entrance of two of his brothers simply earlier than Thanksgiving in 2020.
“Placing him within the face, ft, buttocks, again of his legs and testicles with closed fists and ft,” learn the courtroom.
Court docket paperwork present the 9-year-old mentioned his little brother’s eyes had been black and that he stopped blinking through the assault.
He additionally reported that Kendrick was, “on the ground underneath the quilt and that his physique was a skeleton and his hair was off,” based on courtroom paperwork.
Sheriff’s Workplace shaken
On Oct. 24, a 15-year-old boy known as 911 and the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace responded.
“In my very long time of working homicides, this one’s up there,” mentioned Sgt. Dennis Wolford with the murder division. “, this one affected us.”
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned the situations contained in the house had been deplorable.
“We noticed dirty carpet, no furnishings, no furnishings in any respect. No bedding. No blankets,” Gonzalez mentioned.
Gonzalez additionally mentioned the house was infested with bugs and that the 10-year-old had a damaged jaw from about three weeks in the past that he wants surgical procedure to right. Investigators additionally imagine two of the boys are on the autism spectrum.
As for why the teenager waited nearly a 12 months to name 911, investigators imagine they had been terrified.
Investigators mentioned Williams moved out from the house about 5 or 6 months after Kendrick was killed and that she was dwelling with Coulter in an house 25 minutes away.
She would drop off junk meals to the youngsters, based on Gonzalez.
Neighbors reported they, too, would supply meals, however had no thought what was happening contained in the house.
Noticing indicators of abandonment
Alief ISD confirms the children hadn’t been in class since Might 2020. CPS reported there have been no open investigations however did say they’d a historical past with the household. It’s clear, these kids slipped by way of the protection nets.
Aly Jacobs is the director of counseling on the Houston Space Ladies’s Middle and affords some perception on easy methods to shield kids from slipping by way of the cracks.
“What we all know is that they (security internet companies) work effectively for some however they aren’t supposed for all,” Jacobs mentioned.
“I believe what sometimes occurs is … sort of this ‘bystander impact.’ That somebody thinks that another person goes to do one thing. Don’t depend on another person to do the checking or do the motion,” Jacobs mentioned.
The motion Jacobs is referring to is looking CPS or different authorities. She additionally suggests asking questions in your group.
“Serving meals (to a baby who’s hungry) is useful, but additionally ask, ‘when was the final time you ate? Who’s feeding you frequently?’” Jacobs mentioned.
At present, the three deserted kids are in foster care. Investigators mentioned they’ll play an enormous function within the case.
“My hope and prayer is that these youngsters discover the loving help and care that they deserve and want,” Gonzalez mentioned.