Talk about failing to connect the dots. If you read through the entire thing, it is pretty clear that dad LARRY LEWIS is not only a custodial father but total bad news. Let's review Daddy's considerable accomplishments as a citizen and as a parent, shall we?
1) Was wanted by the police for stealing thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry
2) Was apparently pretty dysfunctional; lived in a house in the woods behind their "main" house with 7-year-old twin sons
3) Leaves boys unsupervised and living in filth and squalor
4) Has "extensive criminal history" including assault and family assault
Now after hearing all that, we're told that Mom, um, "left years ago."
OH REALLY? Just up and walked out of her own free will?
Given that Daddy has this "extensive criminal history" is it also not posible that Mom was driven out by violence, and/or that she had been threatened (either openly or covertly)? That she was unable to get any help with domestic violence or secure safety for both herself and her children? And given that her whereabouts are apparently unknown, is it also not possible that she has "disappeared" (i.e. that she was killed, with the body well hidden)? This is not terribly unusual among abusive custodial fathers at all. Remember JOSH POWELL?
Whenever you have an abusive/dysfunctional/criminal custodial father like this, and mom is unaccounted for, the mother's whereabouts should be one of the first questions asked.
Posted: Thu 5:16 PM, Oct 04, 2012
Reporter: Stephanie Ando
Updated: Thu 6:43 PM, Oct 04, 2012
7-year-old Twins Found Living in Filth; Father Arrested
Seven-year-old twins were found living in filthy living conditions in Bryan Wednesday night, according to Brazos County Sheriff’s Deputies.
“We were aware that Larry Lewis was wanted by College Station PD,” said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk. “Someone very close to them was very concerned, not only about the children but about his mental state.”
Lewis was wanted by College Station Police for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1200 block of Steamboat Run to check on the family, but they couldn't find Lewis or his kids anywhere in the main house.
“He doesn't actually live in the house, he lives in a house in the woods behind their house,” said Sheriff Kirk.
Lewis is a field hand on the property and he lives there with his 7-year-old twin boys.
Deputies believe Lewis fled into the woods when he saw them coming.
“We did find the twin boys unsupervised. They were sleeping at the time but they were unsupervised,” said Sheriff Kirk. “It was not a very sanitary environment. It was filthy. Not an environment you'd like to see a child raised in.”
Lewis eventually turned himself in to deputies. He has been charged with abandoning a child with intent to return, and felony theft. He bonded out of Brazos County Jail Thursday.
“CPS has a parallel investigation going on and in the interest of those children and we'll make sure that they're cared for,” said Sheriff Kirk.
Sheriff's deputies say the 7-year-old boys were in a relative's custody Thursday. Neighbors say their mother left years ago, so a judge will ultimately decide who will get custody
Public records show Lewis has an extensive criminal history that includes assault and family assault charges.