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Houston Man With Violent History Accused of Killing Child

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When a baby was crying in Houston last week, 32-year-old Nathaniel Flowers "got a little too rough" with the child, according to the Houston Chronicle. Doctors said that the child had a fractured skull, bleeding in the brain, and bruises around the mouth -- injuries that are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

The three-month-old child, Kamron Deshawn Kelly, was later pronounced dead. Officials with Child Protective Services are now investigating the the circumstances that led to the boy's death. Mr. Flowers was the boyfriend of Kamron's mother.

Yet some Texas family law attorneys may not have been too surprised when they found out that Mr. Flowers was convicted of injuring his own infant child back in 2006. While the child is still alive today after the abuse, ABC News reports that Mr. Flowers spent three years in prison for hurting his own son. Mr. Flowers' parental rights were also terminated, and the child is now in the process of being adopted.

FindLaw states that the most common grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights include severe abuse or neglect, abandonment, long-term mental illness or deficiency of the parent, and long-term alcohol or drug-induced incapacity of the parent. It can often be sad to hear of a parent who has his or her parental rights terminated, but most family courts consider the child's best interest in termination proceedings. Because Mr. Flowers was seen as an abusive parent, a judge saw that it was best for the son to find a new home. Now that the man faces another charge of injury to a child, he could be subjected to harsh legal consequences.

Related Resources:

  • Child Abuse: State-Specific Information (FindLaw)
  • Reliability of Shaken Baby Syndrome Diagnosis Questioned (FindLaw's Blotter Blog)
  • Locate a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)

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