February 3, 2014

CPS: Family of slain toddler fled child-abuse investigations

Three of four investigations involved the 2-year-old who died Saturday.

The parents of a toddler found dead at a Fort Worth apartment Saturday had been investigated for allegations of child abuse four times before and fled to avoid the most recent investigation last year, authorities said Monday.

Officials with Child Protective Services began an investigation on Jan. 2, 2013, into the family of 2-year-old Anthony Segora on suspicion of medical and physical abuse. But they listed the case as “unable to determine” because investigators could not find the parents, CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said Monday.

The boy was beaten to death late Saturday, authorities said.

Police said he was unresponsive when paramedics found him at about 11:35 p.m. Saturday in the 5900 block of Whittlesey Road. An autopsy showed he died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

CPS officials have placed the child’s 3-year-old brother and 4-year-old sister in foster care.

Paramedics found the little boy in the living room after they responded to a call made by the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

The boyfriend, who was baby-sitting, was arrested on an unrelated warrant late Saturday, Police Department spokeswoman Sharron Neal said Sunday. The boyfriend’s identity was not released by police.

But jail records identify him as Erik Delarosa, who was charged with criminal mischief. Records show that he is accused of walking into a business in the 4200 block of East Loop 820 on Sept. 27 and breaking a table and plate.

Jail records show that Delarosa, who is not the child’s biological father, lived at the apartment on Whittlesey Road where the toddler was found dead.

According to CPS records, officials investigated the biological parents four times beginning on June 4, 2010. The 2-year-old was a focus of three of the investigations.

The 2010 investigation stemmed from complaints of neglectful supervision and physical abuse of two children before the boy was born. Records showed that the parents — the mother and Anthony Segora’s biological father, who no longer lives with them — completed a drug program to resolve the case.

A second investigation began when Anthony Segora was born in September 2011, because he tested positive for drugs, according to CPS records. Pulliam declined to comment on the type of drugs. The allegations were neglectful supervision and physical abuse. The mother attended another drug program, records showed.

A third CPS investigation stemmed from an allegation of domestic violence between the biological parents.

“It was determined that it did not occur in front of the children so it was ruled out,” Pulliam said.

Last year, the parents again were under investigation, but CPS officials could not find them.

At some time last year, the parents stopped living together, officials said, and the family began living with the boyfriend on Whittlesey Road, according to records.

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