Lufkin woman who left child with sex offender back in jail

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman on probation for leaving her child in the care of her sex offender ex-boyfriend who injured him is back in jail on probation violations.

Angelina County Adult Probation Supervisor Dustin Fore said Lachyah Tiyuana Teel, 27, had stopped meeting with her probation officer and was not paying fees.

"Once we can either verify a person has moved without notifying the officer of the new address or they fail to report to the officer for three months, a violation report is submitted," Fore said.

Teel was arrested in January 2011 after she and her mother discovered the child's injuries and how her ex-boyfriend lied about the injuries and how he took the child for medical treatment.

According to a previous report, the women allowed Jeremei Grimes to take care of the child for a few hours on Jan. 6, 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.

Teel pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012 and accepted a four-year probation sentence.

Lufkin police arrested her on a motion to revoke probation charge on Sunday. She is being held without bond.

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