Individuals involved in case with human fetus buried in Brenham park not being charged

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 11:33 AM CST
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BRENHAM, Texas (KBTX) - The Washington County District Attorney’s Office said it will not be pressing charges against the individuals involved in the burial of fetal remains at Hohlt Park.

In a statement, District Attorney Julie Renken said her office has reviewed the facts of the case and will not be taking any further action. She added that no felony offense was committed.

“I cannot image the pain and the desperation the mother of the child is experiencing, and hope that she can eventually find peace in her grief,” Renken said, ending the statement.

On Monday, the Brenham Police Department turned its investigation into the discovery of a small human fetus over to the District Attorney’s Office after learning new information about the incident. That same day the “persons of interest” voluntarily came to the Brenham Police department to talk to investigators after seeing local media coverage of the incident. Investigators learned the fetus had been delivered at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Brenham, and doctors legally released the remains of the fetus to the mother. The identities will not be released for privacy reasons.

“The delivery of the fetus was carried out by medical professionals and the intended mother was medically cared for and cleared for release. Under current state laws and the Texas Health and Safety Code, if the delivered fetus is under a certain threshold for weight and term of pregnancy, the remains may be released directly to the parents, if addressed appropriately by individual hospital policy, as well. Under those circumstances, medical professionals released the fetus to the mother, an adult,” said police in a news release.

Brenham Police Officers were dispatched to Hohlt Park on Sunday, Jan. 22 to meet with potential witnesses who called about suspicious circumstances.

Police say officers met with witnesses who reported seeing several people walking to the parking lot after emerging from the woods. A witness told police that the behavior of the people prompted them to call law enforcement.

Brenham officers searched the area and found a shallow grave with the body of a small human fetus.

Brenham Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene and evidence was collected and processed.

Washington County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Dane Houston was summoned to the scene. The fetus has been sent to the Fort Bend County Medical Examiners’ office for an autopsy.

Investigators are waiting for autopsy results.