By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Alex McGowen Duncan, 34, was charged with murder after his son, 6-year-old Tekerrious “TK” Jackson died after suffering from severe bodily injury. Investigators say Duncan repeatedly beat his son in the chest because he would not go to sleep.
Duncan’s girlfriend, Tammyra Sampson, was also charged with injury to a child by omission. Investigators say Sampson watched the abuse and only intervened to show Duncan how to properly whip the child with a belt. This is not Sampson’s first encounter with Child Protective Services. In 2003, a Texas CPS conducted an investigation after reports of drug use and alleged abuse against one of her children.
Apparently, one of Sampson’s children, her 11-year-old daughter, witnessed the beating of Jackson. During an interview with Houston homicide investigators the 11-year-old re-enacted some of what she saw happen to TK over the course of 8 hours.
Duncan was recently reunited with his son after being an absent parent for the past 3 years, according to TK’s mother, Lucy Adams. Duncan and his girlfriend are being held on $50,000 bail, both are entitled to an attorney and speedy trial. Sampson’s two children were taken into the custody of CPS. If you would like to read more details on this story see Houston father charged with murder after 8-hour beating of his son.
If you suspect a child is being abused, please report the incident to local authorities so a criminal investigation can be initiated.