LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has decided to "no-bill" a 31-year-old Tyler man who had been accused of burning his 8-year-old step-daughter with a cigarette back in April.
The grand jury's decision to no-bill James Earl Warren Jr., 31, meant that the members of the grand jury felt that there was not enough evidence to send the case to a jury trial.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Diboll police officer spoke to the girl's grandmother on April at the police station. She said while her 8-year-old granddaughter was in the temporary custody of the girl's mother at a residence on Avalon Street, she was burned on her stomach with a cigarette.
The grandmother told police that when she asked the 8-year-old girl what had happened, the girl told her that Warren, her step-father, had burned her with his cigarette, the affidavit stated. According to the affidavit, the girl's injury was consistent with a cigarette burn.