Adoptive parents charged after 7-year-old Troy Koehler found dead in washing machine

A Texas couple have been arrested and charged four months after their 7-year-old foster son was found dead in a washing machine, the Harris County Sheriff said this week.

Authorities charged Jemaine Thomas, 42, with capital murder and Tiffany Thomas, 35, with harming a child by neglect, according to police found their 7-year-old son Troy Koehler, dead in a washing machine at the family home in Spring, a census-designated location about 40 km north of Houston, on July 28 after being reported missing, said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

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An autopsy from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science ruled Troy’s death a homicide and said he “received both new and previous injuries,” Gonzalez tweeted.

Houston-based NBC affiliate KPRC reported that court documents say Troy suffered asphyxia, blunt force trauma and possible drowning, and that authorities said he had facial injuries and multiple bruises.

Authorities also found blood on the washing machine and elsewhere in the house, KPRC reported.

Court documents say the deputies arrived at the scene around 5:20 a.m. and that the parents told them their son had been missing since 4 a.m., KPRC reported.

Troy Khoeler was found dead in a washing machine at his family’s Texas home. Recognition: delivered

Authorities found him in a top-loading washing machine in the garage, KPRC reported.

Documents say the parents were upset that Troy ate some of Tiffany Thomas’s oatmeal – and threatened to put the boy in an oven until he confessed – and that he ate Jemaine Thomas donut sticks, reported KPRC.

Jemaine Thomas, 42, (left) and Tiffany Thomas, 35 (right), have both been charged in the death of 7-year-old Troy Koehler. Recognition: ABC

Text messages included in court documents obtained by KPRC say that after Jemaine Thomas found out the boy had eaten the donuts, she wrote: “I need to get these [locks]. I’ll end up killing[ing] him.”

KPRC reported that Troy, a foster child, was adopted in 2019.

Online jail records show Tiffany Thomas is being held on $150,000 ($224,000) bail and has a court date scheduled for Thursday. Authorities said she failed to appear in court when she was arrested “on mental health grounds,” KPRC reported.

Jemaine Thomas is listed as an inmate on Harris County Jail records, which contain no charges. KPRC reported that authorities said his bail was set at $2 million (US$2.98 million).

The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Missing boy’s body found in washing machine

Missing boy’s body found in washing machine

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