による CNN affiliate KTRK
, the Harris County medical examiner determined that the child suffered multiple blunt force injuries
, resulting in his death by homicide
In a news release, the sheriff’s office said the 15-year-old called authorities and said his 9-year-old brother has been dead for a year and that his body was in the room next to his. The teen said his parents had not lived in the apartment for several months.
“It seems that they were in there while the body was deteriorating,” ゴンザレスは言った.
Investigators found the body unconcealed in the apartment, ゴンザレスは言った. He didn’t know how or when the child died.
“It appears the remains had been there for an extended period of time, and I emphasize extended,” 彼は言った. When asked if he meant for weeks, 彼は言った “much longer than that.”
Gonzalez said it looked like the 15-year-old had been taking care of his younger siblings the best he could.
“It appears that they were basically fending for each other,” ゴンザレスは言った, adding that the children were living in “pretty deplorable conditions.”
The two younger children appeared malnourished and showed signs of physical injury, 保安官事務所は言った. All three were transported to a hospital for treatment.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said it plans “to get to the bottom of what these children have endured.”
“Our specialized prosecutors continue to work with the sheriff’s deputies, as this horror is thoroughly investigated,” spokesperson Dane Schiller said in an email to CNN.
The cause of the child’s death is under investigation.