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Trinity man charged with injuring children
Trinity Standard - June 2009
GROVETON – A 23-year-old Trinity man was indicted last week on two felony injury to a child charges by a Trinity County grand jury meeting in Groveton.
In separate indictments, Eric Von-Keith Dabney was accused of injuring one child by shaking her and another by squeezing her.
According to Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones, the investigation into the incident began March 26 and involved two two-month-old twin sisters.
“One of the girls was taken to Huntsville for treatment by her mother and was diagnosed with serious brain injuries. She was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston,” Jones said.
The police chief said doctors diagnosed the child as being a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome and wanted to see her twin sister to check her for similar symptoms.
Doctors discovered the other twin also had sustained broken bones that were in the process of healing.
Trinity police were notified of the matter and Sgt. Thomas Park launched an investigation. That probe led to the arrest of Dabney, who as identified as the children’s father.
Jones said Dabney has given a written statement regarding the injury of the children.
“The mother has been cleared of all wrong doing and she is currently working with CPS (Child Protective Services) to reestablish custody of the children,” Jones said.
While one of the twins has recovered, the child who sustained brain injuries is still being treated, police said.
Intoxication assault charge
In other grand jury action last week, Clifford Wade Pearson of Carlisle was charged with felony intoxication assault in connection with a Sept. 11, 2008, two-car collision that caused serious injuries to Destiny McDaniel, 18.
According to Trinity police accident reports released at the time of the incident, Pearson was driving a 2004 Kia east on Main Street when it crossed the center line and collided with a 1997 Chevrolet pickup driven by Kevin Cooper of Trinity.
Pearson was injured in the crash and was taken by helicopter ambulance to East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. McDaniel, a passenger in the Kia, was taken by ambulance to a Crockett hospital.
According to the indictment, Pearson is accused of being intoxicated at the time of the crash.
During their meeting last week, the grand jury also indicted:
• Terence Allen on the state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of being in possession of methamphetamines when he was arrested on Sept. 23, 2008.
• William Edmond Gibson on a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of being in possession of cocaine when her was arrested on Jan. 1.
• Wanda Sue Radford on a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. She is accused of being in possession of cocaine when her was arrested on Jan. 1.
• Brandee Marie Snider on a state jail felony charge of burglary of a building. The charge stems from an April 7 break-in of a building owned by Kenneth Klein.
• Patrick Aaron Walker on a state jail felony theft charge. He is accused of stealing insulated copper wiring that belonged to Randy Beakley.
• Johnny Daniel Davis, 36, of Trinity on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence. He is accused of trying to throw away a crack pipe when he was approached by police.
• Angela McKnight on a state jail felony charge of forgery. She is accused of passing a forged $800 check on Dec. 22, 2008, at Citizens State Bank in Groveton.