RICHMOND (Covering Fort Bend) – Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue their investigation into physical abuse allegations involving seven special needs children from Richmond.
Paula Sinclair, 54, and Allen Richardson, 78, remain in the Fort Bend County Jail under charges of Aggravated Kidnapping, a first degree felony, and Injury to a Child/Bodily Injury, a third degree felony. Each was given two $100,000 bonds.
Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a home in the 21100 block of Falcon Creek Court in the Long Meadow Farms subdivision in the Richmond area concerning the well-being of the children in the household.
Detectives noted the children, ranging in age from 13 to 16, seemed to be malnourished and they learned the children slept in one room.
The children were transferred to the Fort Bend County Children’s Advocacy Center in Rosenberg and following that, they were transferred to a Houston hospital.
One sibling died in 2011
On Jan. 30, 2011, Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the home in regard to a death of a child. Jaden Sinclair, 7, suffered from Cerebral Palsy, was blind and could not speak. A Fort Bend County death investigator arrived at the scene and conducted the investigation.
A Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace determined the child died of natural causes and the child’s physician signed off on the death of Jaden Sinclair. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is not reopening that case.
Prior visit to home in April
On April 16, 2016, a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a welfare check at the address. Paula Sinclair told deputies the children all lived in a room upstairs and that she home-schooled them. She also said the children were well-fed and lived upstairs because she had four adult clients who also lived in the first story of the home.
One of the siblings told the deputy they were mistreated and wanted to leave the home and had backpacks ready to go to their father’s house. The deputy observed there was food cooking and the children did not appear to be underfed, though their bedding and clothes seemed to be old.
The deputy conducting the visit summarized his call and sent the summary to CPS.
The investigation and arrests
On Nov. 22, 2016, the Children’s Protective Service removed the children from the home. The Sheriff’s Office acquired a warrant and began its investigation and conducted a search warrant at the house on Nov. 23. Later, the Sheriff’s Office received information on the location of Paula Sinclair and she was arrested on Dec. 3. Allen Richardson also was arrested on Dec. 3.
“This is an unusual case and it has attracted attention nationwide,” said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls. “We have addressed numerous questions from media outlets and our detectives are still busy preparing a case against the two suspects. Once the case is finalized, we will send it to the District Attorney’s Office. At that time, we hope that we will see convictions in this case, and hopefully, these seven victims will live a better life through the actions we have taken.”