Houston Serenity Place in Crockett, under investigation by several state agencies for alleged abuse and neglect of numerous foster children.
"Since July 21st, in an approximately three month time frame, the Crockett Police Department has received approximately 52 calls for service documenting reported alleged incidents at the facility." according to Chief David Cross,"Some of the incidents or calls were minor in nature but a pattern of alleged serious abuse and neglect allegations began to surface in the reports."
"The reports that were made by the youth, staff, prior staff, teachers, parents, DFPS case workers, and others focused primarily on allegations of physical assaults on youth by staff at the facility and improper restraints of youth by staff at the facility, which led to numerous documented injuries to the youth. One specific investigation included a student who was allegedly strangled by staff to the point where she began having multiple seizures, which are believed to have been triggered due to the lack of oxygen to her brain during the strangulation assault." Cross stated.
"There were also allegations that numerous staff possibly witnessed some of the abuse on the youth and failed to report this to DFPS and/or Law Enforcement as required by law." said Cross. "Multiple lack of supervision cases by staff at the facility, leading to improper sexual and physical assaults from students on students, have been identified by the investigators thus far."
The investigation has been operating since October 14 and is still underway.
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