Gunter mother arrested after infant's death ruled homicide

GUNTER, Tex. (KXII) -- A Gunter mother is behind bars after the death of her 2-month-old son was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner's report states 2-month-old Amari Long died from malnutrition and dehydration. At the time he died in June, he was only 4.47 pounds, about a pound lighter than his birth weight.

The prosecutor in the case said he's never seen anything like it in his 35 years.

"The child was starved to death it looks like, photos that you see of people in the '40s that died in Auschwitz or Dachau, it's quite shocking," Grayson County Assistant District Attorney Kerye Ashmore said.

Tatriauna Roberts, 24, is indicted for injury to a child after her 2-month-old baby named Amari died last June.

One of Roberts' neighbors, who did not want to be identified, said Roberts moved in at the Gunter Housing Authority the day before Amari died.

"It's sad, it's terrible, it's sad," the neighbor said.

Roberts has a few other children.

"I guess I was shocked when I found out it was homicide cause the other kids are so happy and healthy and she's attentive to them."

With this being the case, Ashmore said Roberts should have known something was wrong.

"This was not her first child, no reasonable person would have allowed the child to get to this state without any medical intervention," Ashmore said.

The report states that Roberts never went back to the doctor after the baby was born.

As Roberts was being taken to jail earlier this month, she went into labor with another child. That child is now in state custody.

"This is a first degree felony, just like a murder charge, so it's the same punishment level," Ashmore said.

A murder charge would be based on actions a person takes. Ashmore said in this case, he's pursuing the charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury because she failed to take any action.

"This omission was a very, very bad one, it was egregious," Ashmore said.

Roberts is still in jail and her bond is set at $100,000. Her next court appearance is May 24th.

News 12 reached out to Roberts' attorney but did not hear back.