An eight man, four woman, jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Willie Lee Ray Collins who, along with his wife, Amanda Renae Winters-Collins, was arrested in July for serious bodily injury to a child by omission mdash; their 5-month-old son.
That jury then handed Collins a 23-year prison sentence.
The grand jury returned the indictment against the couple because, at the time of the arrest, Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Sudderth said the boy weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, 4 ounces more than the child's birth weight.
In his opening arguments to the jury Tuesday, District Attorney Michael Burns laid out the case from the birth of the boy to the investigation that led to the arrest.
He said the dispatcher at the sheriff's office received a call requesting the child's welfare be checked by an officer.
"There was some concern about his health," Burns continued.
Precinct 2 Constable Marc Moon responded to the travel trailer on Kite Road where the family lived. Burns said when Moon knocked, Collins answered and confirmed he had a 5-month-old son.
"He came back to the door with a small child wrapped in a blanket," the DA said. "Moon never saw the (child's) body."
Moon was concerned and asked that the sheriff's office call Child Protective Services.
Investigators found the baby in critical condition with signs of starvation and dehydration. The investigator immediately called for EMS.