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Man sentenced to 40 years in prison after confessing to aggravated child abuse of a 3-year-old and 2-year-old sibling, MPs say

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after admitting to the serious physical abuse of two children, officials said.

The above video is from a 2020 report on child abuse cases in Houston.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Owen Tate Emmett, 27, pleaded guilty and admitted to physically abusing a 3-year-old and the child’s 2-year-old sibling.

In October 2019, a 3-year-old was transported by Life Flight to Children’s Hospital of Texas after suffering severe brain injuries and widespread bruising to his face, ears and body. The child required intubation and other life support, the MCSO said.

Deputies initially said Emmett and the child’s mother lied to hospital staff, CPS and law enforcement, claiming the 3-year-old fell off a trampoline.

After further investigation with CPS, pediatricians from Texas Children’s Hospital, other Montgomery County multidisciplinary child abuse team members, and state legislators, he confronted Emmett about his lies, and he eventually confessed to physically abusing the child and the child’s siblings.

“When that kid grows up and understands the full breadth of what happened, (Emmett) will still be in prison where he belongs. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless work of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and medical staff in exposing the abuse and saving the life of this precious child,” said Chief Prosecutor Brittany Hansford.

Prosecutors presented additional evidence of bruising on the child’s 2-year-old sibling and previous injuries to both children in the months leading up to the violent attack in October 2019.

Officials say the 3-year-old survived due to intensive care provided by Texas Children’s Hospital and has healed thanks to the care and support of many family members.

Authorities said the child is likely to have lifelong complications as a result of the injuries inflicted by Emmett.

Prior to this offense, Emmett has no criminal record and will be paroled in 2040.

“Child molesters often hide in sheep’s clothing. They keep their actions hidden from the outside world. They often do not have a long criminal history or obvious abusive traits, yet they cause unimaginable harm to our most valuable and vulnerable people. It takes the good work and coordination of detectives, prosecutors, CPS investigators, forensic interviewers, medical personnel, teachers and other safe adults to uncover and stop this evil,” said Shanna Redwine, chief of the Special Victims Division.

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