WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KFDX/KJTL) — The warrants for two Texas parents arrested in connection with the death of their 1-year-old child on June 11 have been released.
Sage Wright, 22, and Christian Bishop-Torrence, 24, were arrested Friday when detectives of the Wichita Falls Police Department served two warrants for the offense of injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person with the intent of causing serious bodily injury or mental injury.
According to the arrest warrants, the child appeared to be severely malnourished and had sores on her body. When questioned by police officers, Wright and Bishop-Torrence both admitted that they had noticed their child had been losing weight since January, and they had not sought medical attention.
The arrest affidavit states that the victim’s father went to check on her before leaving to get fast food and discovered his daughter gasping for air. Bishop-Torrence said he saw his daughter take slow shallow breaths and heard a rattle when she exhaled. This is when he rushed his daughter out to his friend’s car who was waiting outside and took her to the emergency room at United Regional Hospital.
According to officials, when they observed the 1-year-old victim at the hospital she had dirt plastered to her skin and found small, circular blisters on her lower back and buttocks. The infant weighed eight pounds which is below the average weight of 22 to 24 for a 1-year-old.
The victim’s mother, Wright, admitted that she hadn’t been able to bond with the victim as well as she had with her two other children.
Dr. Suzanne Dakil, the assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, conducted a forensic assessment of this case. She wrote in her report that, “Even though a small chance exists that a genetic or metabolic problem could cause weight loss, normal newborn screens and the lack of family history would make this highly unlikely.”
Wright and Bishop-Torrence are being held in the Wichita County Jail on bonds of $500,000. Both declared indigency and requested court-appointed attorneys on Saturday.
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This is an ongoing investigation.