MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – Two people have been arrested on injury to child charges in connection with the ongoing investigation into The Care Cottage in Montgomery County. Deputies are still searching for a third suspect.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said Hiram Thigpen was arrested on Tuesday for the charge of injury to a child, a third-degree felony.
Thigpen is accused of grabbing and throwing a child at Care Cottage to the floor and by forcing his knee on the neck of a child and impeding the breathing of a child by applying pressure to the child’s neck, according to a release from the DA's Office.
Jasmin Lyons was also arrested on Tuesday for the charge of Injury to a disabled child, also a third-degree felony.
Lyons is accused of causing bodily injury to a disabled child at Care Cottage by grabbing and twisting the arm of the child, causing the disabled child’s arm to fracture, the release stated.
An arrest warrant has also been issued for Jadaniran Thompson for the charge of injury to a child, a third degree, according to the DA’s Office.
Thompson allegedly grabbed a child by the neck and squeezed it until the child had trouble breathing.
KHOU 11 Investigates reporter Jeremy Rogalski first reported on the case on May 16, when Montgomery County District Attorney's Office raided both Care Cottage locations in Willis. Authorities confirm all three employees were fired that day.
A spokesperson with CPS confirmed the state now believes the more than 50 children who are staying at either location are now safe with the current staff. However, CPS caseworkers are now on the property 24 hours a day, as a precaution.
Law enforcement officials are requesting the public’s help to secure Thompson’s arrest. If anyone has information or knows the location of Jadaniran Thompson, please contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.