AUSTIN (KXAN) - An Austin foster mother is charged with injury to a child afterpolice said she immersed her 6-year-old autistic foster son intoscalding hot water, causing second- and third-degree burns to about40 percent of the boy's body.
The Center for Child Protection said the boy'syounger brother told investigators his mother peeled off the boy'sskin and that "he screamed screamed screamed really bad (sic)."
"This is the one of the worst child abuse cases I've ever seen,"said Wade.
DellChildren's Hospital staff said Angular Adams, 51, arrived atthe hospital saying her child's feet were bubbly but told a Travis CountySheriff's Office detective with the Child Abuse Unit she did not know whathappened.
Adams said she noticed the boy's legs were bubbly and his feetwere red while awaking him and his younger brother. She alsonoticed the boy's bed was wet with feces all over.
The boy's brother, who is Adams' adopted son, told officialsduring a forensic interview that his brother screamed in the bathwhile his mommy was there.
The 6-year-old boy has been in the foster home since 2008, andAdams has been running foster homes since 2005.
Gonzalez said while no other instances or complaints have beenrecorded surrounding Adams' foster home, the nonprofit Christianfoster care agency shut down Adams' foster home indefinitelyregardless of the investigation's outcome. Gonzalez added that lessthan 1 percent of all Texas foster homes have reported abuse.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez said the 6-year-old boy is still in thehospital but in good condition.
Texas Child Protective Services checks a potential fosterparent's criminal background and interviews family members andfriends, plus looks at financial records and relationships alreadywithin an applicant's home.
Gonzales said, "It's a very involved process, and it's onethat's intended to help find people who are going to be the bestfoster parents possible for children who have suffered abuse orneglect."
Adams has not been arrested, but her attorney is working out thedetails with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.