April 5, 2019
A mother is charged with multiple felonies for whipping her sons with cables and denying them food to the point it left them with physical and mental scars, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Friday.
The children, ages 14 and 10, were rescued by Houston Police after they ran away from home to escape the abuse.
They boys are now with relatives.
Annette Bogany, 53, is charged with two 3rd Degree felonies for injury to a child and two 1st Degree felonies for causing serious mental injury to a child.
The diagnosis of the mental impact of the abuse permitted the charging of the more serious felony.
“We must protect children,” Ogg said. “The evidence shows that these boys were physically and mentally tortured by the person they should have been able to trust the most.”
Charging documents contend the boys were thin from food deprivation and have significant scars showing evidence of long-term abuse.
They boys told authorities of being beaten for eating, and that their mother often ate in front of them while they went without food.
The older brother said one of his beatings came after he grabbed a snack without permission. Another beating left blood dripping from his head onto the floor.
He shielded his younger brother by jumping in front of him during whippings.
As they bolted from their home, the boys took a few belongings in a pillow case, including a computer cable that had been used on them.
“Child abuse is a huge problem and we take it very seriously,” said Assistant District Attorney Lacy Johnson, who is prosecuting the case. “We are following the evidence and will hold these abusers accountable.”