TYLER, Texas — An East Texas father was arrested and charged with injury to a child or disabled person by omission after his disabled daughter suffered "extreme" frostbite for at least five days, eventually requiring amputation of both of her feet, the Smith County Sheriff's Office announced today.
On March 2, 2021, Child Protective Services notified and made a report with the Smith County Sheriff's Office regarding a possible child abuse case.
Healthcare professions at UT Health Tyler had notified CPS after a 17-year-old female, who had previously been diagnosed with a mental developmental delay and intellectual disability, was transported to their health facility with severe frostbite to both feet.
On March 3, 2021, the Smith County Sheriff's Office began investigating and made contact with the girl's father — 45-year-old Glenn Caldwell of Tyler, Texas.
"During their investigation, Investigators were able to determine that Caldwell had noticed the condition of his daughter’s feet on February 23 or 24, 2021," read today's statement from the sheriff's office. "Caldwell failed to seek medical attention for his daughter until March 1, 2021, after the daughter suffered with extreme frostbite on both feet for at least five days."
Due to the severity of the frostbite, both of the child's feet had to be amputated, according to police.
On March 19, 2021, investigators presented an arrest warrant affidavit to Smith County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Taylor Heaton. In turn, Heaton signed and issued the arrest warrant for Caldwell charging him with injury to a child or disabled person by omission, a state-jail felony.
The following day, on March 20, 2021, Caldwell was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on a $250,000 bond.