(HARRIS COUNTY , TX) — The parents of the seven-year-old who was found dead inside of a washing machine were arrested in connection with his death.
42-year-old Jermaine Thomas and 35-year-old Tiffany Thomas were taken into custody on Wednesday following an “extensive” investigation into Troy Koehler’s death in July of this year.
Authorities say they were called to a home in the 4400 blk of Rosegate Dr. on July 28th
around 5:20 a.m. to assist with locating a missing child.
After searching the neighborhood for the child, authorities then decided to check the property:
“It was early in the morning, there was no indication that the door had been opened, or a window opened. After searching the neighborhood, they were unable to find the child. So the next logical step, I believe, is to search the house,” authorities said in a press conference.
Koehler was eventually found dead inside of a washing machine located in the family’s garage.
Investigators, however, began to question if the small child climbed into the washing machine by himself.
An autopsy later revealed that Koehler “suffered new and previous injuries.” His death was then ruled a homicide.
Jermaine and Tiffany Thomas were taken into custody on November 15th for a Capital Murder charge.
Tiffany is facing an additional charge of Injury to a Child by Omission.
Koehler is believed to have been adopted out of foster care by the couple in 2019.
Arrest update: this has been an extensive investigation. Jermaine and Tiffany Thomas have been arrested and placed in the Harris County Jail. Jermaine (42) has been charged with Capital Murder and Tiffany (35) with Injury to a Child by Omission. The Harris County Institute of 1/2 https://t.co/JO0M921zd9
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) November 16, 2022