"A Pasadena couple accused of abusing their two small sons, one of whom died, were both arrested and charged. Austin Reid, 22, and Emily Aust, 26, were both charged with two counts of injury to a child after being accused of beating and burning both Aust’s 2-year-old toddler in 2019 and newborn son earlier this year.

“Essentially, these two defendants showed a pattern of abuse and neglect,” said Assist. Harris County Attorney, Gilbert Sawtelle. Both came under suspicion in May 2019. Aust’s 2-year-old son, by another man, was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital after being left alone with Reid, according to court documents. He told police he’d left the little boy in a partially filled tub and came back to find him unconscious, according to court documents.

The problem with that story, according to prosecutors, is that the child wasn’t wet when medics found him and his injuries were extensive. “(He was) found to have brain bleeds and extensive bruising all over this body, including his head, arms legs, genitals and he also had large amounts of cigarette burns all over his body,” Sawtelle said.

The child died after three days of being on life support. Police were still investigating that case when Aust gave birth to a second son late last year. Then, the new baby was severely injured, prosecutors said. Reid claimed the infant was injured when he stuck his arm through a laundry basket. But doctors discovered the baby’s elbow was broken and dislocated. “That baby also had burns on its fingertips and high liver enzymes indicative of abdominal trauma,” Sawtelle said.

The baby is now with a foster family while Reid and Aust await trial. They’re currently being held without bond. Both face up to 99 years in prison on each count if they’re convicted." -Article Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.



Video:  walk of honor

When a family makes the decision for their deceased loved one's organs to be donated, many times the hospital staff will line the hallways from the Intensive Care Room to the Operating Room to show respect for the loved one. For Lucas, over 250 friends, family, and hospital personnel came to honor his as Lucas was taken from room 915 of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Legacy Tower to the Operating Room awaiting him.

Video:  Lucas Raymond Samora

Time is too slow for those who wait
Too swift for those who grieve
Too long for those who grieve
Too short for those who rejoice
But for those who love
Time is eternity
--Henry Van Dyke--

Lucas Raymond Samora

Lucas Raymond Samora passed away on May 22, 2019 at the age of 2 years 3 months in Houston, Texas. He was born on February 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas to Ryan Samora and Emily Aust. He is survived by his parents, paternal grandparents; Fred and Darlene Scrivner of Houston; maternal grandparents; Richard Aust and Dionicia Longoria in Houston. Paternal uncles Roland Samora, Richard Samora both of Houston and paternal aunt Beverli Mesa of San Antonio. Lucas was full of life and loved to play outdoors and go for walks in his stroller. He loved playing with other children and loved animals.


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