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Every person deserves equal protection under the law. Our state and federal constitutions were crafted to allow innocence until proven guilty and a fair set of consequences for those whose guilt is confirmed. So while we must strive for this treatment for everyone, it is hard to argue that children do not particularly deserve our protection from harm. These most innocent among us are often unable to defend themselves and need us to keep them safe. Unfortunately, sometimes this means keeping boys and girls safe from their own families.
A couple in Fort Worth, Texas, Jorge and Aide Estrella, have been arrested for keeping their nine-year-old son locked in a closet for several days. The boy was fed once only daily, was not allowed to go to school and when he finally escaped, investigators found other signs of abuse on his body. Overall, the boy stated the abuse had been occurring for at least a year. The alleged acts of abuse include being struck with a Taser, hit with a hanger and burned on a gas stove. The Estrellas, who are the boy’s father and stepmother, now face multiple charges of injury to a child.
This heartbreaking story joins many others we have heard of young children in Texas who face horror at home instead of love and protection. The hardworking professionals at the state’s Child Protective Services have caseloads that would overwhelm and upset any person with a heart for children.
In addition to educators and those in social services, attorneys have a role to play in protecting kids in Texas. We can appeal to the court to get children out of dangerous situations and to make it a violation of law for perpetrators to come anywhere near them. If you are concerned about a child in your family, please contact our offices today. We will listen and then we will get to work in helping you protect those you love.