The mother of a one-month-old child at the center of a child abuse case admitted to a case worker that she choked the infant, according to information presented in court Thursday.
The show cause hearing before 317th Civil District Court Judge Larry Thorne was a chance for both sides to present their case to determine if custody rights for 1-month-old Faith Mason should be terminated.
Tisha Francis, a case worker with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, testified that the mother of Faith, Christine Johnson, 20, admitted to choking Faith. Francis said Faith remains on a ventilator and has not gained consciousness. She said the infant has blunt-force trauma to the head.
Previously state officials revealed that Faith also suffers from multiple fractures including a broken neck. She has a lacerated liver and a ruptured kidney. Francis said Faith must remain on the ventilator or she will quit breathing.
Francis testified that it is not clear if Darrell Mason, 17, is the baby's biological father, saying there is no evidence to prove claims that he is Faith's father. Francis said that Mason is a marijuana user who has posted photos on social media showing him high from the drug.
Neither Darrell Mason or Christine Johnson showed up at the hearing. Francis said that neither one has ever called to check on the child, but did say that other relatives have called to the point of harassment. She said in each case the other relatives who called were told that they could not be given any information about the child and that only the mother or father could be told information about Faith.
Jamie Hogge, with Court Appointed Special Advocates, could hardly hold back her tears after the hearing.
"In Faith's case, we can't hold her because her injuries are so significant it would be damaging. But, we can talk to her," she said.
Hogge said Court Appointed Special Advocate Associations, C.A.S.A. , is always looking for volunteers to care for abused children like Faith.
The next hearing is scheduled for October 10 in Judge Thorne's courtroom.