Vastie Coleman (pictured) allegedly confessed to whipping her 4-year-old son, Kyron Barnes, to death on Sunday night in Houston because he wet himself, KHOU-TV reports.
Coleman, 27, who has so far been charged with injury to a child, is being held without bond at the Harris County Jail. Prosecutors have not said whether they will upgrade the charges against Coleman.
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The father was also questioned by police Sunday, but there has been no reporting on his role in the child’s death or whether he will be charged.
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Coleman reportedly confessed to the alleged crime when EMS workers arrived at the scene. “I did it, I beat him, it’s all my fault and I don’t care what happens to me,” she reportedly told them. EMS workers also reported seeing bruises on the boy’s body when they .
On Monday, Coleman allegedly began whipping the boy from more than 20 minutes in a bathtub until he stopped breathing. When paramedics found the boy unresponsive, her other two children, both girls, were placed in protective custody.
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One of the boy’s sisters reportedly told investigators that their mother beat him with a cord because “the belt was broken because mom kept whipping the kids so hard it broke into pieces.”
Coleman reportedly has a long history of abusing her children, according to documents reviewed by KHOU-TV:
A judge reviewed their (Child Protective Services) history at an emergency hearing Tuesday and decided to put them with a foster family.
That CPS history that includes investigations in March 2007, 2009, 2010, August 2011 and April 2012. Those investigations included reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical neglect and neglectful supervision. Most were ruled out by CPS, while others were closed as “unable to determine.” One allegation of physical abuse was found “reason to believe,” according to CPS records.
That history has the attorney ad litem, who represents the two older children, questioning whether the kids should have been removed from the home a long time ago.
Coleman’s attorney said that his client should undergo a mental evaluation and that she is suicidal.