Ex-con charged with injuring second child

Victims, 3 years, 13 months, are siblings

Russell Russell A 24-year-old Rockdale man was arrested Monday and charged again with injury to a child.

Curtis Wade Russell had previously served jail time after being convicted for injuring the victim’s sibling, who was then a 13-month-old baby.

Russell is being held in the Milam County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bond.

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said the arrest was made at 1:30 p.m. Monday by Ofc. S. A. Smith after an investigation by Ofc. Steven Cooper and Robert Hollas of Child Protective Services.

“The latest victim is a threeyear old boy,” Newlin said. “He sustained some serious burns on his back, arms and face.”

Newlin said those burns were caused by hot water.

“This incident is alleged to have happened about three weeks ago,” Newlin said. “The child was not taken for any medical treatment. The burns have healed but have left some pretty bad scars.”

Newlin said the suspect had recently been released after serving a one-year state jail sentence on an injury to a child charge which involved the sister of the injured boy.

“The little girl was 13 months old when that incident happened,” Newlin said. “She was struck in the head.”

Newlin said the joint investigation by police and CPS indicated that Wade “ was let back into the home” after serving his jail sentence.

The investigation by Cooper and Hollas resulted in a Rockdale Police Department warrant for “injury to a child/reckless injury” which was then served on Russell.

He was f irst ta ken before Municipal Court Judge Jerry Waggoner, then transferred to the county jail.

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