Kendrick Lee: Investigators Describe Terrifying Conditions 8-year-old Kendrick Lee’s skeleton was found in

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – It’s the most heartbreaking, horrifying crime scene veterans of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office say they saw them after three abandoned boys were found dead. trapped in the apartment in Alief with the skeleton of his 8-year-old brother inside for a year.

It all started with a frenzy 911 call on October 24, 2021when a 15-year-old boy at the top of the line told dispatchers that his mother had left him and his brothers alone for months, along with his 8-year-old brother, who had been dead for a year in his bedroom.

Deputy Corey Castro, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Killer Unit, conducted a crime scene search inside the second-floor apartment on Green Crest Drive.

“It’s a very different smell,” says Castro. “There are no furniture, no lights, no electricity. There are cockroaches everywhere. These children have no beds to sleep in. They hardly have anything to cover.”

Two brothers aged 15, 10 and 7 told investigators that 8-year-old Kendrick Lee was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, Brian Coulter, a year earlier around November 2020.

“The most important thing that caught my attention was the location where the child died,” Castro said. “Without going into too many positions, I would say put down a certain position, and we have to be careful for the sake of the integrity of this case.”

Two of the boys have autism, but investigators say they are extremely cognitive and verbal. In court, it was revealed one of the brothers was in the room, while Coulter allegedly beat Kendrick to death, kicking and punching him repeatedly.

Deputy John Craig, also of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Murders Unit, is the lead investigator.

Craig said: “As a father myself, it’s hard for kids to be treated like this. They’ve been put in such humiliating circumstances. They have to fend for themselves.” “There won’t be anyone to help them if one of them gets hurt. It’s heartbreaking, someone can do this to a child. The child is the most innocent victim.”

Investigators said the boys told them their mother, Gloria Williams, had moved out with her boyfriend and abandoned them.

Later, investigators discovered the couple was living in a separate apartment 25 minutes away. The boys said Williams and Coulter would return every few weeks to drop off some food, but on those trips Coulter would return to hit them, then leave.

Their injuries were so severe and untreated that one of the boys needed jaw surgery.

“You probably know he has some sort of facial injury,” Castro said.

The boys were forbidden to leave their apartment. Neighbor told ABC13 in October, the eldest brother sometimes leaves the apartment to beg them for food. However, neighbors said he wouldn’t say much and were unaware that the food was also feeding two other boys in the apartment.

“You know what happens, you’re being abused,” Craig said. “You see your brother, what happened to him. He was murdered. So at that age, if you were told not to go out, you wouldn’t go because you know what. What would happen if you did?”

Investigators said when they saw the boys, they felt a sense of relief.

“They have fear in their eyes. They don’t know what’s going to happen next,” says Craig. “They’re happy. They want to talk to you and hug you and express how happy we are to be here. But you still see in their eyes, they have fear.”

Craig, who interviewed the boys, said that they practically hugged him.

“It’s heartbreaking. You hug them back,” Craig said. “You have a job to do, but you don’t want to let them go.”

Williams and Coulter were caught outside the library, two days after the boy was found. ABC13 obtained surveillance footage from inside the library, shortly before their arrest, where sources said they were looking up articles about themselves.

At the time, the sheriff’s office received much criticism for not making arrests that day and even received calls from outraged community members.

“We weren’t in a hurry and we put it all together,” says Craig. “We made sure everything was on track. At that point, when we had the evidence, heard the feedback from the medical examiner, did the interview, we put it all together and then a subpoena is issued through the district attorney’s office. Then we issue warranties to our warrantee and they take them.”

Coulter has been charged with murder. Williams has been charged with causing injury to a child, causing injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence (a corpse).

Investigators wanted to know how the alleged abuse went unnoticed for so long. Craig blames COVID-19 for students being virtual. The kids had no classes to go to and no teachers to see what was going on.

“No one looks at that bruised kid the next day at school or the kid with the chapped lips,” says Craig.

An Alief ISD spokesman told ABC13 that the district filed truancy papers against the mother after the children stopped attending school. They even visited the home in September 2020, but no reply or follow up.

“It’s easy to say, ‘My kids will be homeschooled,’ and that’s where it stays because you don’t have the manpower to keep track of everything,” Deputy Craig said.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the family had been in the state system for many years. Reports of abuse date back to 2015.

Neighbors told ABC13 they felt something was wrong, but never called the police.

“As a community, if you see something and it seems awkward to you, say something,” says Castro. “That’s the biggest loss. If you feel like something is wrong, say something.”

The boys were abandoned and failed by the system set up to protect them. In an update, CPS said the brothers remain together in the foster care facility, where they have access to therapy and counseling.

The jury indicted both Williams and Coulter, who are now behind bars. Now, the case is up for trial.

“It makes you more committed to your work,” says Castro. “It makes you want to do it well because we speak for the victim. It makes you want to dig deeper into it.”

“In the end, in my view, is justice for the children, for Kendrick, and the abused children are still with us,” Craig said. “I just want justice to prevail.”

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