HOUSTON—Two people accused of brutally beating a Children’s Protective Services worker who arrived unannounced for a child welfare checkup faced a judge together in probable cause court Thursday.
Karrisa Marie Ferrigno,19, and Shane Douglas, 21, were both charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping. A third suspect, 21-year-old Troy Davis, was also charged, but he was not present at the hearing.
The details read aloud in court of the alleged attack were shocking.
Officials said CPS caseworker Stephanie Vera, 23, went to an apartment in the 8000 block of Tidwell around 6 p.m. Tuesday to check on a 1-year-old girl after receiving reports that the little girl was being medically neglected and abused. Vera knocked on the door around 6 p.m. and the child’s mother, Ferrigno, and father, Davis, let her inside.
What was said during the visit was not immediately known, but something triggered Davis to turn violent.
The worker said she was attempting to walk outside of the apartment with Ferrigno, when Davis allegedly pulled her back inside, then slammed and locked the door.
Davis then punched the worker in the forehead and began to choke her against the wall until she passed out.
Vera said when she came to, Davis was still on top of her and Douglas was standing over her with a large dagger in his hand, asking Davis if he wanted him to “finish her off.”
That is when Ferrigno bent down next to Vera and also began to choke her.
At some point, Vera managed to press a button on her cell phone that rang her supervisor who then called police.
After arriving to the scene, police found Vera with bruises on her head and redness around her neck. She was taken to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital to recover.
Ferrigno and Davis were each given a $30,000 bond for each count.
Harris County CPS say assaults on caseworkers are rare—maybe one a year; and, despite safety training, it’s clearly a dangerous job.
The child is now in CPS custody.