Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dad accused of letting 2-year-old son drown while dad played video games (Anson, Texas)

Dad is identified as AUSTIN GARRETT.

Father of 2-year-old arrested for Anson drowning

By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter
POSTED: 5:39 PM Jun 24 2014 UPDATED 12 mins

Anson father facing charges in his son's drowning

ANSON, Texas - Austin Garrett, the father of the 2-year-old who drowned earlier this month, has been charged with abandoning/endangering a child.

According to the Anson Police Department, the investigation revealed that Garrett, 20, purposely left his son Brendyn outside while playing PlayStation video games with his younger brother.

Once the child arrived at Anson General Hospital, the child failed to respond to CPR and was pronounced dead at 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4.

Garrett's bond has been set at $75,000. He will be prosecuted by the Jones County District Attorney’s Office after the investigation is complete.

Below is the news release, in its entirety, from the Anson Police Department:

Anson Police DepartmentPress Release

On June 4, 2014 at approximately 1:22 PM the Anson Police Department was dispatched to 2031 CR 380 in Anson. Dispatch advised a two year old child was drowning. Upon arrival EMS transported the child to the Anson General Hospital. Upon arrival the child did not respond to CPR. Brendyn Garrett was pronounced deceased at 1:55 PM.

The Anson Police Department initatied an investigation into the drowning. Our investigation revealed the father of Brendyn purposely left the child outside while playing a video game on PlayStation with his little brother. Austin Garrett has been charged and arrested for the criminal offense of Abandoning/Endangering a Child, a 2nd Degree Felony. Bond has been set at $75,000.00. Our investigation has been completed, and turned over to the Jones County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.