Child Abuse Investigation



Submitted by Sheriff Scott K. Lindsey

On April 26, Texas County deputies responded to a residence on Old Yukon Rd. in the Raymondville area to assist the Mo. Dept. of Social Services Children’s Division with an investigation. Deputies observed marks on the face of a four-year-old child. During the investigation, a male subject identified as Willie E. Thornton admitted to striking the child in the face. Thornton was taken into custody and transported to the Texas County Jail. Deputies took protective custody of the children present and placed them in the care of the Children’s Division.
Willie E. Thornton, age 29, of Raymondville, was charged by Assistant Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Macpherson with Abuse of a Child. Thornton is being held in the Texas County Jail pending $350,000 bond.
The above charges are mere accusations are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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