Child Endangerment Investigation Uncovers Disturbing Details

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Howard County Deputies are investigating a disturbing case of child endangerment.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, deputies were called out to the 4900 block of South Highway 87. That's where they found a seven year old boy riding his bike in the dark. He told deputies he was running away from home.

Sheriff's officials contacted the boy's family and they said the boy had been restrained by using a "straight jacket" and they didn't know how he got out.

It was later determined that the living conditions of the home were not suitable and child protective services was called.

CPS took custody of the children ages seven, five and two.

The mother of the Children, 26-year-old Tamara Whitt and grandfather 54-year-old Edgar Dale Whitt were both charged with Endangering a Child.

It was also discovered that Edgar Dale Whitt had fathered a child with his daughter, Tamara Whitt.

As a result of these findings Edgar Dale Whitt was also charged with Prohibited Sexual Conduct with Ancestor/Defendant, a 2nd Degree Felony.