HOUSTON—The mother charged in the beating death of her 4-year-old son was allegedly upset that the boy wet himself, according to CPS and court documents the I-Team reviewed.
Vastie Coleman, 27, was being held without bond Tuesday in the Harris County Jail for allegedly killing Kyron Barnes.
The boy’s two surviving sisters described routine whippings by their mother in court documents. One of them told investigators Coleman used a cord to whip Kyron, because "the belt was broken because mom kept whipping the kids so hard it broke into pieces."
Neighbors in the Villas of Pine Lake Apartments off Sam Houston Parkway were stunned to hear the news.
"I have kids of my own and I just can’t imagine somebody doing that," one woman said.
"She deserves to pay for what she did," said another tenant.
Coleman, according to CPS documents, confessed to EMS workers on the scene, saying, "I did it, I beat him, it’s all my fault and I don’t care what happens to me."
According to CPS records, Coleman snapped after her boy wet himself in the car. She allegedly put him in a tub and whipped him more than 20 times, before he stopped breathing.
After paramedics found Kyron unresponsive, Coleman’s other two children were placed in protective custody.
A judge reviewed their CPS history at an emergency hearing Tuesday and decided to put them with a foster family.
That CPS history that includes investigations in March 2007, 2009, 2010, August 2011 and April 2012. Those investigations included reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical neglect and neglectful supervision. Most were ruled out by CPS, while others were closed as "unable to determine." One allegation of physical abuse was found "reason to believe," according to CPS records.
That history has the attorney ad litem, who represents the two older children, questioning whether the kids should have been removed from the home a long time ago.
Meanwhile, the attorney for Coleman said his client was suicidal Tuesday. He wants her to undergo a mental health evaluation.
11 News was unable to reach CPS for comment.