KHOU is reporting today that an African American Texas woman and her boyfriend have been charged with injury to a child. Authorities say, Trachell Foster, along with her boyfriend, Damien Lamont Henderson, 23, were charged with injuring 13-month-old Taemar Hicks aka Taemor Hicks. The baby died on April 25, after he was brutally beaten with a belt by Trachell Foster's boyfriend.
Investigators say on April 25, they were dispatched to the 9600 Block of West Montgomery in North Houston, where they found the body of a badly beaten 4-month old male toddler identified as Taemar Hicks. Damien Henderson had originally told dispatchers that the baby had been burned but when police arrived they found a badly beaten male child.
Police say, Damien Henderson eventually admitted that he had given the baby a spanking with a belt. Police investigators learned that Henderson spanked the child with the belt every day, sometimes hitting the child with his bare hands. Trachell Foster told police that she left the baby with her boyfriend while she tried to find employment.
The infant was transported to the Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, where he died. According to an autopsy report by the Harris County coroner's office, Taemor Hicks suffered severe injuries to the buttocks, legs and chest. The autopsy report goes on to state that the child had "deep tissue damage."According to KTRK-Houston, the child's mother, Trachell Foster, admitted that she was aware of the beatings but did nothing about it.
Brief Timeline for the death of Taemor Hicks
On the morning of Friday, April 25, 2014, Trachell Foster, 28, leaves her residence for a job interview. She leaves her 13-month old son. Taemor Hicks, with her boyfriend, Damien Lamont Jackson. While home with the child, Damien Lamont Jackson, beats the child with a belt, then calls 911.
When officers arrive, he admits to hitting the child with the belt. He is arrested for inflicting injuries to a child. Trachell Foster is also booked on injuring the child "by omission." Damien Lamont Jackson and Trachell Foster are being held on $50,000 bond, according to CBS News 7.