Dickinson, TX parents arrested, father accused of paddling stepson
From 11 News Staff Reports
KHOU-TV, April 22, 2005


Two Dickinson parents were taken to jail after the father allegedly paddled his stepson with a homemade paddle fashioned from a 2-by-6 board.

Dickinson PD: Dara Wilson was charged with injury to a child by omission; Charles Wilson was charged with injury to a child. Dickinson police detectives arrested Charles Wilson, 38, and Dara Wilson, 33, on Monday.

Charles Wilson was charged with injury to a child after his 11-year-old stepson received injuries to his buttocks from being disciplined with a homemade paddle. Police say Wilson fashioned the paddle from a 2-by-6 board that measured 24 inches and weighed 2 1/2 pounds.

An officer shows one of two confiscated paddles that measures 24 inches long and weighs 2 1/2 pounds. Detectives were contacted by CPS to assist in the investigation. Detectives interviewed both Dara Wilson and Charles Wilson and also recovered two paddles from the Wilson residence.

The stepson required two visits to UTMB's ABC Clinic for treatment of the injuries.

Dara Wilson was charged with injury to a child by omission for failing to seek medical attention after she had knowledge of her son's injuries.

School officials became suspicious when the child arrived for school and had difficulty walking and sitting. The school notified Children's Protective Services.

The children in the home were removed by CPS and have been placed in foster care. Charles Wilson's bond was set at $30,000 and Dara Wilson's bond was set at $40,000. Both have been transferred to the Galveston County Jail.

Both charges are a third-degree felony and punishment ranges from two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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