Boy found dead in home died from blunt force, siblings in 'unspeakable' conditions

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An 8-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were left in his Houston home died from "multiple blunt-force injuries," authorities said Wednesday.

The remains of the boy, who died around November 2020, were left in the apartment along with his three malnourished and abandoned siblings, ages 15, 9 and 7, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

The three surviving brothers were found home alone on Sunday when the 15-year-old called authorities. The teen reported that his 8-year-old brother had been dead for one year and his body was in the room next to his, the sheriff's office said.

The teen also said his parents hadn't been in the apartment for several months, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez described the home as "unspeakable living conditions," with soiled carpets, roaches and flies.
KTRK - PHOTO: The remains of a 9-year-old boy have been discovered in a Houston home.

"It seemed too horrific to be real," Gonzalez said at a news conference Wednesday.

The boyfriend of the 8-year-old's mother, 31-year-old Brian Coulter, was charged Tuesday with the boy's murder, authorities said. The boys' mother, 35-year-old Gloria Williams, was charged with injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence, according to the sheriff's office.
Harris County Sheriffs Office - PHOTO: Brian Coulter and Gloria Williams in a police photo.

The children were taken to a hospital and the Texas Department of Family and Protective services received emergency custody of them, Gonzalez said.

Authorities said Wednesday that one of the boys had a jaw injury, allegedly caused by Coulter several weeks ago, and will need surgery.

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The boys all were very thin, officials added.

"The mother, we believe, was providing some food by delivery service or having food dropped off on a fairly routine basis," though it only appeared to be junk food, Gonzalez said.
KTRK - PHOTO: The remains of a 9-year-old boy have been discovered in a Houston home.

The children had apparently not been in school for more than one year, the sheriff added.

"Those children [appeared] younger than their chronological age. They were very sweet children," one official said. "That blankness in the eyes, but they were as sweet as they can be."

"My prayer is that the remaining children find the love, support and protection that they so desperately need and deserve," Gonzalez said Wednesday.

Coulter did not appear at his initial court hearing Wednesday. His bond was set at $1 million, and he was ordered to have no contact with Williams or the minor witnesses in the case, according to ABC Houston station KTRK. Williams is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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Julia Cohen

This account of murder a n child abuse makes no sense. Why is this guy, accused of murder, have a bond? And the mother not charged with even more charges? I don't understand!!!


This is where the system failed children during the pandemic. They should have been checked on long ago with prior situations on record. Sorry for them and hopefully they get the counseling & love they need and deserve. Hopefully the "parents" whom the children who were abandoned by, are locked up for good and the woman should be made sterile because she's obviously a garbage "mother".... Doesn't deserve to be called a mother....

Joseph Caligiuri

Meanwhile, hundreds, if not thousands of loving families like ours will sit in the queue for years, while undergoing the scrutiny of background checks, fingerprinting, home studies, interviews, and financial inspections annually, until the stars align enough to "match" with a child in need. The system is broken.


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