A mother of three from Houston, Texas, has been accused of killing her four-year-old son by whipping him to death after the boy wet himself in the family car over the weekend.
Vastie Coleman, 27, has been charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury and was ordered held without bond on Tuesday in the Harris County Jail in connection to the death of Kyron Barnes.
According to Child Protective Services records cited by KHOU, the victims’ two surviving sisters, ages six and eight, said that their mother would routinely thrash them.
One of the children told investigators Coleman used a cord to beat little Kyron because ‘the belt was broken because mom kept whipping the kids so hard it broke into pieces.’
Last Sunday night, sheriff’s deputies were sent to investigate what happened to Coleman’s son at the family’s apartment in the 5300 block of the North Sam Houston Parkway.
Shortly before their arrival, the 27-year-old woman allegedly put Kyron in the tub after he peed on himself in the car and whipped him for more than 20 minutes until he stopped breathing.
When paramedics arrived, the four-year-old was unresponsive. They tried to revive him, but to no avail. The boy was taken to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to CPS documents, the 27-year-old mother confessed to EMS workers on the scene, saying, ‘I did it, I beat him, it’s all my fault and I don’t care what happens to me.’
Neighbors said Coleman’s boyfriend also lived at the apartment, and the couple were heard fighting on the night of Kyron’s death, KMOV reported.
Coleman’s other two children were taken from the home by case workers. On Tuesday, a judge ordered the children be placed with a foster family. According to CPS officials, Kyron’s body was covered in bruises likely indicating past abuse.
Coleman has been investigated five times between March of 2010 and April 2012 over allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical neglect and neglectful supervision. Most were ruled out by CPS, while others were closed as ‘unable to determine.’
Coleman was already on probation for stealing prescription medication from a Walgreens where she used to work. She admitted to investigators she stole the drugs and sold them for cash, according to ABC 13.
Meanwhile, Coleman’s attorney said his client was suicidal on Tuesday and requested that she undergo a mental health evaluation.