CPS removes nine children from Port Neches residence

Gabrielle Rasberry, aka Gabrielle Hunt

CPS removed nine children from a Port Neches residence after officers investigating a stabbing at the location discovered signs indicative of abuse of at least one of the kids, Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine reports.

Officers with the Port Neches Police Department (PNPD) responded to the 100 block of Sycamore Street in reference to a stabbing at about 11 p.m. on June 20, according to Lemoine. Upon arrival, they determined that a 24-year-old woman stabbed a 50-year-old man during an argument. The man suffered a minor stab wound to his left upper shoulder.

The investigating officers soon learned that the victim and suspect had been arguing over injuries the victim’s 4-month-old child had supposedly received from an earlier fall. The infant is one of nine children ranging from 4 months to 7 years in age who live at the residence, which is also occupied by four adults. Police report there were three different families residing on the property, in addition to an older couple who help with the children and stay in a trailer on the land. During the domestic violence incident, four of the children were staying in the trailer with the older couple.

Investigators believe that the incident began when the mother of the 4-month-old returned home and went upstairs to check on her three children. The mother noticed that her 4-month-old was on the bed crying. When she picked him up, she told police, she noticed that there was blood on the bed and on her child’s mouth. She questioned her husband, the 50-year-old stabbing victim, and he told her the child had fallen off of the bed. The mother did not believe his account of what happened, and an argument ensued. The mother then took the child downstairs away from the father.

That’s when the woman’s sister got involved, police reported. The 24-year-old female, identified by police as Gabrielle Hunt, aka Gabrielle Rasberry, overheard the argument and confronted the 50-year-old male about the child’s injuries. At some point during the quarrel, Hunt allegedly picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed the man in the left shoulder.

Acadian EMS arrived on the scene after officers. They examined the man, who refused medical treatment. EMS then examined the 4-month-old child. They determined the child had injuries that were not consistent with a fall. The child also had several older bruises to his lower back and several cuts in and around his mouth. EMS transported the child to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas for treatment.

Officers learned that Hunt had four outstanding warrants. She was arrested for the warrants and additionally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) was contacted, and two investigators arrived on the scene to conduct an investigation. During their initial investigation, they determined that due to the domestic violence, statements of the occupants of the household and the conditions of the household, they would be removing all nine of the children from the residence for placement. After securing transport vehicles and child safety seats, the children were removed from the residence.

Additional charges are pending at this time for injury to a child, said Lemoine. The chief said police investigators and CPS would get to the bottom of the reprehensible abuse and identify the responsible party or parties.

“I’m going to find out who did it, and they are going to go to prison,” Lemoine asserted. “I’ve seen it all, but what really gets to me is when people hurt defenseless children. These young children are helpless. There’s never an excuse to hurt a child.”