The parents of a toddler found dead at a Fort Worth apartment Saturday had been investigated for allegations of child abuse four times before, officials said.
Anthony Segora, 2, was beaten to death late Saturday, according to reports. But records show there were problems with the family even before he was born.
Child Protective Services investigated the family in 2010 for neglectful supervision and physical abuse of two other children in the home. Records show that the parents completed a drug program to resolve the case.
A second investigation began when Anthony was born in September 2011 because he tested positive for drugs, according to CPS records. The mother attended another drug program, records show.
CPS officials began a third investigation on Jan. 2, 2013 on suspicion of medical and physical abuse, but they couldn't follow up because the family could not be found.
At some point, the father left the home and the mother got a boyfriend who was baby-sitting when he called 911 to report the child was unresponsive. He, too, has a criminal record.
As we look back on the top headlines of 2013, we're reminded of some very violent crime involving children.
Staff writer Deanna Boyd recounts that, within a week’s time last summer, two young children — Sida Osman, 5, of Fort Worth and Alanna Gallagher, 6, of Saginaw — vanished while playing outside their homes.
Both were found dead within several hours: Sida in the back yard of a nearby vacant home and Alanna lying along a street less than a mile from her home, her body inside in a black trash bag.
As we close out July, we reflect that just one month ago, 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher was alive and well, visiting and playing with many friends in her quiet Saginaw neighborhood.
But, on July 1 her body was found wrapped and bound in tarp on a street corner, about a mile away from home.
Last week, investigators confronted 17-year-old supsect, Tyler Holder. He resisted officers and allegedly wounded one of them as they tried to serve him with a capital murder warrant in the slaying of Alanna. Holder was also wounded, and is recovering at the hospital. His bail set $1 million.