Brother Of Boys Allegedly Drowned By Dad In CPS Custody

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas Child Protective Services has taken temporary custody of the 1-year-old North Texas child whose 3- and 5-year-old brothers were allegedly kidnapped and drowned by their father Monday.

CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales told CBS 11 News the child would remain in custody, “until we can sort out what exactly took place on Monday and the days leading up to it.”

Police say 32-year-old Naim Muhammad drowned his sons after forcing them and their mother into a vehicle while they were walking to school.


CPS officials say the family has been under watch since January, after the agency received a referral of family violence. Gonzales declined to say who made the referral.

Caseworkers have been checking on the boys and their mother since the referral and last visited the home August 10. At that time, the children “appeared to be fine,” Gonzales said.

“By all accounts, the mother had been cooperative with CPS and indicated she planned to be as protective as she could of these children,” she said.

Muhammad’s alleged involvement in the murders follows at least two other criminal cases involving alleged acts of family violence by him in the last two years, according to court records.

In a pending matter, Muhammad has been charged assault causing bodily injury for allegedly striking the boys’ mother in the face with his fist and then attempting to flee with one of his sons in February. He previously received five years’ probation after pleading guilty to hitting his sister in the head with a hammer in 2009.

Muhammad is now charged with capital murder and is being held on $2 million bond.

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One Comment

  1. Ms. M says:

    Given the violent nature of the alleged murderer’s past, these children should have been take away long ago given the fact that the mother was probably still have relations with their father. What is wrong with women these days?

    1. symplyt says:

      There are lots of violent people out there. That doesn’t mean you have to take the kids away from the parent that’s not violent. She tried to protect the kids as best she could. HE WOULDN’T LEAVE HER ALONE!!!!!!!! What’s wrong with you????

      1. Ms. M says:

        The reality is this woman was still having relations with this man. He has a violent past, and they had a 1 yr. old baby wihch means they were still doing the coochi-coochi. His violent past is more than 5 yrs. old and she continued to have children with this man. I too was in a violent relationship at one time, but I was able to see that it wasn’t good for either me or my children so I got out. There are lots of women out there who continue to have relationships with men who have abused them either physically and/or mentally. Why is that? Especially when you have little children. You have to look at the big picture and see that this type of day-to-day living is not a good representation of what family life should be and that this is the impression your kids will grow up believing is ‘normal’.

    2. Tess says:

      Ms. M…how can you ASSUME that the mother was “probably still have(having) relations with their father.” ? That’s the trouble with most people–making assumptions. There is NOTHING in the article from which one could assume this as being a fact. The real question is to ask…why was the Court not adequately dealing with this man’s previous violent behavior…and why was he free to do further hurt and damage…striking the mother in the face with his fist, hitting his daughter in the head with a hammer (a damn hammer !!!) and he’s been charged, criminally, with two acts of violence in the past 2 years.

    3. katie says:

      It is not as easy as it may seem for women to leave their abusive partners. Many factors cause them to stay. Abusers are smart enough to know how to keep a person dependent and isolated enough to feel as if they have no choices. Some are even literally held captive and not allowed to leave or make phone calls without the abuser with them. It is easy to make uneducated comments without knowing the full story, please don’t be so quick to judge.

    4. enigmatic muse says:

      ummm……the FATHER was the VIOLENT one!!!!! HE is the one that KIDNAPPED the children with their mother present on their way to school and then MURDERED them! He also tried to get the boy who has been taken by CPS but WAS NOT ALLOWED by the family!!!! This mother is already coping with a loss that most us would not even want to imagine and you are saying this is not only justified but should have been done sooner……people like you are welcoming the police state that is right around the corner…WAKE UP!!!!!!!

  2. SM says:

    Probation for hitting someone in the head with a hammer? what is wrong with these judges these days?

    1. GF says:

      yeah… he should have been in jail for sure.

  3. LaCelle Howard says:

    Hey, I agree…why didn’t the police act sooner? The mother was probably hysterical when she flagged down the Constable and the Constable should have asked for assistance immediately. With a name like that, is the father an American or African? No matter, with his history of violence the wife should have been counseled and advised that it will escalate, not go away. I speak from experience

  4. efrem says:

    Howard you are an ideot to ask this question. He is the killer.

  5. Kathy Carter says:

    wow …an OFF DUTY duty officer followed a bank robber today and was successful in aiding an arrest…hmmmm I wonder if he had lights and sirens?? NO?? But how could he follow w/o them??? Hey …wonder why those ON DUTY CONSTABLES did not do the same thing yesterday and save those babies????? Again I say they should be fired !!!!!!!

  6. symply says:

    There are lots of violent people out there. That doesn’t mean you have to take the kids away from the parent that’s not violent. She tried to protect the kids as best she could. HE WOULDN’T LEAVE HER ALONE!!!!!!!! What’s wrong with you????

  7. n8diggler says:

    why is it that some cops beat down individuals that do “little wrong” other than give them a good chase. WHERE ARE THOSE COPS AT IN A TIME LIKE THIS. One if not ALL of them should have kicked his teeth down his throat while repeatedly saying, “quit resisting”

  8. C says:

    Ok all these criminal crimes on his background and he is not in PRISON??????????? I don’t understand that at all. All of this is just wrong. There are alot of questions that dont have answers to them and if they do have answers to them it’s crazy answers. Mi prayers are going to continue to be with the family. This is too sad my heart really goes out to those boys and their mom!!!!!

  9. GF says:

    what bothers me is that he kidnapped her too… she escaped. I would die with my babies before leaving them.

  10. Bev says:

    I have to wonder just how many times CPS had contact with her. I saw 3 different things on time and supposedly the latest was Aug 10th. She wanted him to have supervised visits. Also 2 other times. Now they take her only child away from her “til they figure out what happened?????” Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened. Give her back her son !!!

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