It's been almost a year since 2-year-old Logan Venagas drowned in White Oak Bayou. Not even two months had passed when Logan's parents first contacted FOX 26 Investigates.
After Logan's death his parents kept hearing it was an avoidable accident, something they couldn't accept. Even though the person responsible was Logan's grandmother, the couple wanted justice, even if that meant destroying family relationships.
Logan's grandmother Maria Ramierez was charged with criminally negligent homicide. She's pleaded no contest.
Seeing Ramierez in the courtroom on Tuesday was the first time Logan's parents laid eyes on her since their son's death.
"This is the first time we've seen her since that day and nothing no remorse, no reaction, no nothing," Rochelle Venagas, Logan's mother said.
Logan's parents have always said it wasn't just an accident and could have been avoided. In court it was pointed out just one week before his death, Logan was found wandering alone near the bayou while his grandmother was suppose to be watching him. Even that wasn't the first time Ramierez reportedly left her 2-year-old grandson outside to play, unattended.
"It was an on-going issue that she was aware of and chose for whatever reason not to let the two of us know," Venagas said.
The grief stricken mother read a letter to her mother-in-law in court chiding her for giving her no explanation for her son's death and no apology.
"She wouldn't even look at me I looked at her a couple of times to see if I could gague a reaction to see any kind of emotion from her,"
, Venagas said. "But she wouldn't look at me she wouldn't shed a tear."
But Ramierez's attorney says his client is remorseful.
"This is a tragedy that breaks the heart of everybody involved," attorney Don Smith said. "There are no bad people involved in this it's just a tragedy that breaks your heart."
Ramierez was sentenced to five years defered probation which means if she successfully completes it she will have no final conviction on her record. One condition of her probation, Ramierez can not be alone with children.
That could be problematic since Children's Protective Services has given her custody of three of her grandkids. C.P.S. tells Fox 26 Investigates, Ramierez's adult daughter must be present when Ramierez is with the kids at all times.
It didn't make the hurt go away, but seeking justice might at least allow Logan's parents a chance to heal.
"Just having to face her and having her to hear those words made a great difference for me," Venagas said.