A Houston boy is fighting for his life after a near-drowning yesterday on the northwest side of town, and his mother is now facing charges.
The 7-year old boy is at Texas Children's Hospital in critical condition tonight. What's interesting though: Houston police say the boy suffered head trauma and appears to have older injuries as well.
"There's been a red tag in the pool saying we weren't allowed and that's been there for days, probably already a week," said resident Josie Marie Medellin.
This red flag at the Oakwood Gardens Apartments pool in northwest Houston clearly states the pool is closed per the city of Houston but according to HPD, that didn't stop 33-year-old Linda Harden from taking her 7-year old son for a swim.
Around 2 p.m. Thursday, police say the mother left her three young children, a 4-year-old, 2-year-old and 10-month-old, alone in an apartment while she took her 7-year-old son to swim.
She told police she knew the pool was closed but disregarded the warning signs and locked gate and helped her son over the fence.
Apparently she told investigators her son dove into the pool and hit his head and then she realized he wasn't moving.
When EMS showed up, they gave the boy CPR and then took him to Texas Children's Hospital where he is in critical condition tonight.
"It could've happened to anybody, it could've happened to my little brother," said Medellin.
Child Protective Services says the child does have head injuries believed to be from jumping into the shallow end of the pool, but he has other injuries as well.
But they say the mom has no explanation as to how he got them.
Linda Harden has been arrested and charged with injury to a child by omission.
Last night, CPS took custody of all the children. The 7-year-old's three younger siblings are now together in a foster home.
CPS says Harden had just moved to Texas from Louisiana three weeks ago. They have no history with this woman here in Texas, but they're checking with CPS in Louisiana.
A custody hearing is scheduled for July 5.