CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A couple in Cedar Park is facing charges of injury to a child after their 7-week-old boy was taken to the hospital with extensive injuries.
Lee Alan Woodard, 21, faces a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Alexis Joan Basques, 21, faces a charge of injury to a child by omission. She is out now on bond.
A release from the Cedar Park Police Department reported that the child was rushed to Dell Children’s Hospital by EMS on July 6. According to doctors, the child suffered multiple hemorrhages and bleeding in the brain, seizures, strokes, retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes, and multiple bruises to the chest, abdomen, hips and tongue.
Lt. Larry Bond with the Cedar Park Police Department said child abuse cases are always difficult to investigate, but this particular one may be one of the worst he’s ever seen.
“Any time you see injuries to a child — be it a newborn or three or four or five years old — it’s never easy, and they’re always what we consider heinous,” Lt Bond said. “In doing this for quite some time, this is one of the worst ones, especially when you look at what the long-term ramifications and consequences to his health are going to be.”
A report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was filed two days before a July 18 hearing on the case. The 10-page document stated that the child had a “brain bleed” and a “handprint sized bruise” on his stomach. “Neither parent … could provide reasoning for the above injuries,” the report said.
Grandparents told KXAN Sunday that they are trying to understand what happened.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services connected with the Cedar Park Police Department about the case. According to investigators, the injuries to the child did not match statements made by the parents.
According to the DFPS report, Basques and Woodard both said Basques had prepared a bottle for the baby the night of July 6 and that Woodard fed him. Woodard told investigators he went to swaddle the baby and the child “stuck up his arm and his arm dropped,” and that his “head went back and he went stiff” and he threw up. Both recalled the baby’s skin had changed colors, the report stated.
Basques told police Woodard called her into the room approximately 10 minutes later concerned that the baby was dying. She says Woodard was crying and saying he was sorry and he never meant to hurt the baby, according to the affidavit.
Woodard said he didn’t know how the baby was hurt, according to the report. Basques told investigators she didn’t think Woodard would intentionally hurt their baby. Another part of the report added, “she doesn’t think he meant to hurt the baby, but she can’t say that he didn’t do it.”
Records from Basques’ phone showed someone searched for “unresponsive babies” at 11:03 p.m. on Google, according to the report. At 11:13 p.m. Woodard said he called the baby’s paternal grandparents, and at 11:23 p.m. Basques said she called 911.
“Additional Google searches on the phone include; how long does it take for shaken baby to show up and criminal negligence; bruising on baby belly; will marijuana show up at birth; what happens when someone is found guilty of shaken baby,” the report stated.
The report referenced that DFPS previously opened an investigation into Woodard on the day after the boy was born in May. It accused him of being “verbally aggressive and loud” toward Basques and the baby while they were in a Round Rock hospital.
“It was reported that on one occasion he could be heard from the hallway and when staff entered Mr. Woodard was yelling at [the baby] to stop crying,” the report said. Woodard was escorted from the hospital and asked to leave until he could calm down.
Lt. Bond told KXAN that he now hopes for the best for the injured boy and his long-term health, but cases like this one are hard to forget.
“They definitely touch your heart strings [and] make you think about own children,” he said. “You have a job to do, but it is definitely something at night at home alone you do think about.”
According to the report, Woodard’s criminal history includes marijuana possession conviction and a conviction for making a false statement to obtain property or credit. Basques does not have a previous history with the Texas Department of Public Safety
A spokesperson with DFPS said the state had to take emergency custody of the baby, and that was extended during a hearing held Monday morning. The boy is now in the care of another relative, according to DFPS.
The report recommended a number of steps for Basques and Woodard take, including participating in therapy sessions, taking drug tests, and completing protective parenting classes. Basques can also have supervised, limited visits with her son.
Cedar Park police are working with the Williamson County District Attorney’s office and DFPS to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child’s injuries.