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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