HOUSTON, TX (CTRC) — The father charged with the death of his one-month-old son in a west Houston motel was originally scheduled to appear before a judge on Friday morning, but that has since changed.
Officials said Jamal Edward Robertson, 33, was still under investigation Friday morning and could be scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
Robertson is accused of beating his child, Santana Robertson, because he cried, court records show.
The child was found lifeless Tuesday afternoon when Houston police were called to Motel 6, located at 15101 Katy Freeway, just off Highway 6.
Initially, there was very little information about what happened, but now we are hearing claims from Santana’s mother, with claims that, according to her, something happened in the motel room.
Alana Gabriel claimed that Robertson hit and shook their son because he wouldn’t stop crying. Gabriel said that she tried to intervene, but Robertson was cruel to her and she was afraid of him.
She said that she fell asleep that day, and when she woke up, she realized that Santana was dead.
“This not normal. You could just leave. You shouldn’t have done this to your own child, especially my child,” Gabriel said.
Gabriel also said that Robertson was jealous of the attention given to the child.
“Santana didn’t ask to come into this world. He’s just a little kid. He was a good kid. He was a happy kid and that’s what you do. You could have taken it out on me instead of him,” Gabriel said. .
Robertson is charged with bodily harm to a child, in this case serious bodily harm.
He also faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a criminal and aggravated assault on a family member, court documents show, in previous unrelated incidents. Its bonds total over $900,000.
The cause of the child’s death is under review by the Harris County Forensic Institute.
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