May 23, 2008
Houston, Texas (The Weekly Vice) -- A Houston couple has been arrested after police discover the couple's child, frozen solid in a freezer. Police say the couple stored their 6 month old child in a freezer for approximately a year.
Crystal Sosa, 25, and common-law husband Dezmond Blake, 29, have been arrested after police discovered the couple's son, Devin Blake, frozen solid in the couple's refrigerator / freezer.
Police first learned of the child's condition when Blake called police to report that the couple's son had died from natural causes. When investigators arrived, they found the body of a 6 month old child stuffed inside a duffel back inside the couple's motel-apartment freezer. Detectives say the child had been stored inside the refrigerator / freezer for almost a year.
"It's really a difficult concept to put your arms around -- that these people could have lived in this apartment for a year, still use their refrigerator and freezer, knowing full well that their child was inside the freezer," said Detective C.P. Abbey with the Houston Police Department
Sosa and Blake have been arrested and charged with felony 'tampering with evidence' according to police, noting that both suspects gave conflicting stories as to why the child was stored in the freezer.
Investigators who processed the room for evidence have found drugs and a gun inside the room the couple stayed in. An autopsy of the child is being conducted, to try and determine the cause of death.
Authorities have classified the case as 'ongoing' and stated that additional charges may be filed in the case. They also noted that the couple has a criminal history that ranges from prostitution to drug related offenses.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Does it really get much lower than this? How does one go to sleep at night, living in a motel room where your baby is frozen in your refrigerator. Sounds like a warm jail cell and 3 meals a day will be an upgrade.
We'd be surprised if there weren't additional charges coming out of this one. Something tells us that this child didn't just die of natural causes. There's a reason why the couple didn't take this baby to the hospital or free center.
We may be wrong, but we'd venture the couple debated during the year about what to do with the body. Something stopped them until they just couldn't live any longer with a dead baby frozen in their freezer like a holiday turkey.
Should we follow this story?
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