Mother Charged With Failing to Protect Child From Abuse

Sexual AssaultCrime, Law and JusticeAssaultCrimeEmma Thompson

HOUSTON -- Jury selection began Monday for a mother of 3 accused of failing to protect her 4-year old daughter from abuse that ultimately led to the girl's death.

Abigail Young is charged in the death of 4-year-old Emma Thompson, who suffered a fractured skull.

Young is charged with injury to a child by omission.

Her boyfriend, Lucas Coe, faces trial later on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

At the time of her death, Emma was battered with 80 bruises, had a severed pancreas and a fractured skull, according to the autopsy report.

Weeks before the girl died a doctor diagnosed Emma with genital herpes and notified CPS.

A CPS investigator found no signs of sexual intercourse.

The girl was not removed from the home.

Young has been free on bond since the girl's death.

She has had had no contact with her other two daughters, who have been placed in the custody of a former husband.

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