Brenham Nurse Charged With Daughter's Death Makes Bail

By: KBTX Staff & KHOU Email
By: KBTX Staff & KHOU Email

A former Brenham resident charged with the death of her four-year-old, is free after posting a $50,000 bond in Harris County.

Abigail Young was arraigned in a Harris County courtroom Tuesday morning along with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Lucas Coe who remains in jail.

The pair faces felony injury to a child charges and if convicted, both could serve life prison sentences.

Friends and family will hold a candlelight vigil in Emma’s memory, Thursday night at 7:00 at the Church at Creek’s End, at 20010
Kuykendall in Spring. The public is invited.

Authorities say the Brenham's nurse inaction contributed to her 4-year-old daughter's death. Abigail Young and her boyfriend Lucas Coe have
been charged in connection witih the child's death.

Young, 33, is charged with injury to a child for failing to get medical attention for her daughter, Emma Thompson. The child died June 27 at a hospital in The Woodlands.

Harris County investigators arrested Young around 5:45 p.m. Monday at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham. Investigators say Young lived in northeast Houston with her daughter and was recently hired as a registered nurse at Trinity Medical Center. When authorities tried to arrest Coe, 27, they say he attempted to flee on foot, but was eventually captured at a relative's home in Magnolia.

A medical examiner's report stated Emma had been beaten and sexually abused. An autopsy ruled the death as a homicide and the cause of death as blunt abdominal trauma.

"It hits close to home cause it could be someone you might know and had no idea they were like that at their home," said Brenham resident Laura Corley. "They lived a certain way at work and then a certain way at home. It's just really sad."

Trinity Medical Center CEO John Simms said when Young was hired, a background check revealed no charges filed against her. He also said Young had access to children at the hospital, but it was supervised.

"Ms. Young was employed based on her qualifications as a registered nurse and she was completing her orientation and actually worked one shift prior to her arrest," Simms said.

That doesn't erase the discomfort one Brenham parent said she now feels because there is no sure way of knowing who has access to her children.

"It really does make you wonder who is working with your kids these days in schools in hospitals does get to you," said Brenham resident Mary Daniel.

Harris County Sheriff's detectives say there are open investigations into every child Young and Coe have come in contact with including Coe's own 4-year-old daughter. Coe has also been investigated by CPS three times in unrelated cases involving a former girlfriend's child. He has a criminal history that includes assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief charges. Both Young and Coe face up to life in prison if convicted of felony injury to a child.

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