Judge gives Lufkin mom probation in toddler's injuries at hands of criminal

Lachyah Teel (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Lachyah Teel (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge has given a Lufkin woman responsible in the injuries of her 15-month-old son at the hands of her ex-boyfriend a probation sentence.

District Judge Barry Bryan issued the four-year sentence to Lachyah Tiyuana Teel, 25, Friday morning.

Teel was arrested in January on a child endangerment charge after Teel and her mother, Belinda Teel, allowed Jeremei Grimes, a registered sex offender, to take Teel's 15-month-old son under his care for a few hours, even though they knew he is a registered sex offender. A few hours later, Grimes called the grandmother and told her the child was injured when he fell off a horse.

When the women saw the child again, they noticed injuries to the child's face and bruising from his neck to his pelvis.

The injuries became worse until Jan. 9, when Grimes told the women he would take the child to see his aunt, who is a nurse. Grimes returned with the child and told the women his aunt said the child was fine and just needed Tylenol. The child had more injuries to his hands, which he did not have before Grimes had him the second time, according to the affidavit.

The grandmother then decided to take the child to the hospital, where he was admitted overnight. Doctors called Lufkin Police to the hospital who interviewed the suspects.

According to the affidavit, Grimes admitted to lying about the child falling off a horse and about taking him to his aunt, but would not admit to how the child was injured. He even walked out of the interview after further questioning.

The women were questioned about why they would allow a registered sex offender to take the child, when he had not dated the woman in more than a year, and they had already accused him of molesting the child's older sister.

Grimes and Belinda Teel have each already accepted probation sentences in the case.

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