Warrant: Parents suspected of abuse blame pet for child's fatal injury

Warrant: Parents suspected of abuse blame pet for child's fatal injury
Aaron Bowling (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Aaron Bowling (Source: Gregg County Jail)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Inconsistencies in the bruising on a 2-year-old girl's face and how her parents say they got there led to the arrest of a Longview couple in the suspected abuse and eventual death of their daughter, a search warrant shows.

Longview police arrested Jamie Nelson, 24, of Winona, and Aaron Bowling, 26, of Longview, on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Contessa Inn on Highway 31 in Longview.

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Police received a call around 1:41 a.m. from Nelson's mother in regards to her 2-year-old granddaughter's well-being. When police arrived at the hotel to investigate, they discovered the girl had already been taken to the hospital by her mother.

While at the hospital, an officer questioned Nelson about what happened. According to the affidavit, Nelson told the officer that Bowling called her between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. saying their daughter had tripped over their dog and fallen face-first on the tile floor, busting her nose. Bowling told Nelson the girl had a seizure after the fall, but that "he was taking care of her," the affidavit revealed.

Nelson told police she arrived home at the Contessa, where the couple lived, around 11 p.m. and found her daughter foaming at the mouth and lifeless.

OIfficers then spoke with Nelson's mother about what happened. According to the affidavit, her mother's phone appeared to show the original call between she and Nelson happened around 11:48 p.m., some three hours after what time Nelson originally told police. Police also found a picture sent from Nelson that showed several bruises on the girl's face.

After speaking with Bowling, who gave a story similar to Nelson's, the officer spoke with the doctor who treated the 2-year-old when she arrived at the E.R. According to the affidavit, both the doctor and another police officer who arrived to investigate agreed that the bruising found across the child's face was inconsistent with injuries the girl would have suffered if she had tripped and fallen on her nose.

The girl was later flown to a Dallas hospital due to the severity of her injuries. On Saturday, three days after the girl was first taken to the hospital, she died from complications of her injuries, police said.

Nelson was arrested and charged with abandoning/endangering a child by omission or felony criminal negligence. She has since been released on bond.

Bowling has been charged with injury to a child with intent to commit serious bodily injury, since the injuries resulted in the girl's death. He remains in the Gregg County Jail.

Both Nelson and Bowling deny ever laying hands on or spanking their daughter.

According to a search warrant, controlled substances were found inside the room, including a drug pipe, two boxes containing drug paraphernalia, and an empty pill bottle.

Longview Police are continuing to investigate.

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