On the morning of October 9, 2020, Jessica Brookes received an alarming phone call from her pregnant daughter's husband in New Boston, Texas. Concern filled his voice as he explained that he couldn't reach her and that their daughter had failed to appear at day-care. Jessica's heart raced as she hastily arrived at her daughter's home, only to be overcome with terror at the sight of blood staining the back door handle.
On any given day, hundreds of thousands of children walk home from school alone. Parents have the difficult task of trying to weigh up the dangers that their children may face. In 2016, however, a family in Houston, Texas, were thrown into the midst of a nightmare when their son was targeted as he walked home from school alone.
In August of 2015, a woman was home alone when she received a very disturbing text message from her daughter who lived in Houston, Texas. It read that she was being held hostage by a former boyfriend. Time truly was of the essence, but the response of the Sheriff’s Department would lead to a plethora of questions and criticisms.
It was the Friday afternoon before Labour Day weekend in September of 2016. Two teenage girls from Wichita Falls, Texas, were walking home from school. They rounded a corner and entered an alleyway. Moments later, a gold vehicle pulled up in front of them.
It was summer of 2014, when there was a knock at the front door of a family’s home in Spring, Texas. A teenage girl opened up the door to see a FedEx delivery driver. She informed him her parents weren’t home and to call back later. He returned sometime later, but this time, he kicked the front door in and barged into the family’s home. The actions of that man inside that home would poignantly illustrate the widespread impact of family violence.