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Parents accused of abuse that left baby boy permanently brain damaged

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A father and mother are accused in a disturbing case of alleged child abuse. The victim? A 10-month-old baby who will never be the same and will need constant care.

Children's Protective Services says this family has three children, and all three have now been removed from the parents' custody. But they say it's not going to be easy to find someone to care for them because CPS says the 10-month-old boy will need intensive care for the rest of his life.

Doron Zack Dwight and Rowana Johnson are in jail, accused of severely beating their son back in December. The baby has been at Texas Children's Hospital ever since. Investigators say he has lost 80 percent of his vision, has trouble hearing and will have permanent brain damage.

CPS spokesperson Estella Olguin explained, "He had severe head trauma and skull fractures, as well, and the parents' explanation wasn't consistent with what the doctors were saying happened."

Nobody answered at their northeast Houston home. Investigators say Dwight, the father, admitted to getting frustrated with the baby crying and teething, and said he hit him multiple times on the back of his head on December 19.

The next day, Dwight allegedly attacked again, violently rocking the baby in his car seat and hitting him on the head. That's when police say the baby's mother, Rowana Johnson, saw red marks on the baby and, instead of immediately taking him to the hospital, she allegedly told the father, "Let's just pray."

As the baby's health worsened, the couple finally called 911, and that's when police and CPS became involved. Neighbors were suspicious.

"They asked for my brother to give him a ride and my brother wasn't able to do so," a neighbor said. "He said he had fallen with the baby and the baby had hit his head."

CPS has also taken custody of the couple's two other children.

"We will be in court next week," Olguin said. "He's got two siblings, two sisters. They are two and three years old and both of them are with relatives."

Bond has been set at $20,00 for each suspect.

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