Harris Co. detention officer accused of hitting son with metal towel rod
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- She's supposed to uphold the law, but a Harris County detention officer now finds herself facing serious accusations involving her own child.
HPD officers arrested Harris County employee Tawatha Lamark Wednesday on felony injury to a child charges that were filed Tuesday, and child protective services tells us an investigation is underway.
Lamark is now on administrative suspension from the Harris County Sheriff'S Office, where she has been a detention officer at the jail on North San Jacinto since 2007.
Police tell Eyewitness News that officers were called to the hospital on September 7th of this year to check on Lamark's nine-year-old son, who had injuries and swelling to his left arm. Lamark is accused of hitting him with a metal towel rod.
She's also facing a charge of injury to a child by omission in an incident that happened in 2011.
CPS says the boy has not been removed from the home, that there is someone to take care of him right now, but that they are investigating the circumstances.
Lamark is due in court Thursday.
Lamark does have a co-defendant in the 2011 incident. We are working to find out what they are accused of in that case.
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