Judge Sentences Man to 40 Years Behind Bars for Severe Child Physical Abuse

By: Montgomery County District Attorney's Office - Brett Ligon
| Published 06/10/2022


CONROE, TX -- On Monday. June 6, 2022, the Honorable Patty Maginnis of the 435th District Court sentenced Owen Tate Emmett (27) to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice —Institutional Division for Injury to a Child, following three days of evidence. Before this offense, Emmett had never been convicted of a crime. Emmett entered a guilty plea on October 26, 201, and the case was reset for a sentencing hearing for the Judge to determine punishment. Special Victims Division Chief Shanna Redwine and Chief Prosecutor Brittany Hansford prosecuted the case. Emmett will not be eligible for parole until 2040.

Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit were contacted in October of 2019, for a 3-year-old child who was transported via life-flight to Texas Children’s Hospital in the Medical Center. The child had a severe brain injury and widespread bruising on the face, ears, and body. The child required intubation and other life-supporting intervention. Initially, Emmett and the child’s mother lied to hospital staff, CPS, and law enforcement claiming the child fell off a trampoline. After consultation with CPS investigators, Texas Children’s Hospital child abuse pediatricians, and other members of the Montgomery County child abuse multi-disciplinary team, Sergeant Broderick O’Connor and Sergeant Kevin Williams with the Sheriff’s Office were able to confront Emmett with his lies and he eventually confessed to physically abusing the child and the child’s sibling.

Prosecutors presented additional evidence about bruising sustained on the child's 2-year-old sibling and prior injuries on both children in the months leading up to the violent attack in October 2019. Thankfully, the child survived due to intensive medical care provided by Texas Children's Hospital and is healing thanks to the care and support of many family members. Prosecutors presented Judge Maginnis with evidence the victim continues to have multiple medical appointments and will likely have life-long complications due to the injuries inflicted by the Defendant.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office investigated this case in coordination with multi-disciplinary team members, including the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Children's Hospital, and Children's Safe Harbor.

Chief Prosecutor Brittany Hansford: 'When this child grows up and understands the full breadth of what happened, the Defendant will still be in prison where he belongs. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless work of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the medical staff that uncovered the abuse and saved a precious child's life.'

Special Victims Division Chief Shanna Redwine: 'Child abusers often hide in sheep's clothing, keeping their actions hidden from the outside world. They frequently don't have a long criminal, or obvious abusive traits and yet still inflict unimaginable harm on our most precious and vulnerable. It takes good work and coordination of detectives, prosecutors, CPS investigators, forensic interviewers, medical staff, teachers, and other safe adults to uncover and stop this evil.'

District Attorney Brett Ligon: 'When a child is harmed we all are harmed. Child abuse has significant and often generational impacts on families and on our society as a whole. When a person inflicts this kind of harm on a child in our county, we will use every resource at our disposal to ensure they receive a sentence that prevents them from ever having that opportunity again.'

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