Tyler’s man pleads guilty after disabled daughter suffered frostbite during winter storm
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A man from Tyler pleaded guilty Monday to injuring his disabled daughter in the winter storm earlier this year.
Glenn Caldwell, Jr., 45, was initially arrested in April after a police investigation found he neglected to seek medical attention for his mentally disabled 17-year-old daughter whose feet were severely frozen after the brutal winter storm in February. He was charged with injuring a child / disabled person by omission and was held in Smith County Jail on $ 250,000 bail.
According to the warrant, Caldwell delayed treatment of his daughter’s condition for over a week, even though he knew her feet were bleeding, swollen and discolored. By the time he takes his daughter to UT Health Tyler, her feet are due to be amputated.
Caldwell admitted to police his daughter complained of hurting her feet throughout the week and even woke him up several times in the middle of the night telling him it was in pain. He also admitted to being aware that his daughter left a trail of blood that led him from his bedroom to the living room and bathroom.
A neighbor even called Caldwell on February 26 to tell him the girl was “crawling on the ground outside the trailer.” He told investigators the pipes burst in the trailer and their only source of water was a tap outside the house.
The investigation also revealed that there had been two electric heaters in the house, neither of which were located in the girl’s bedroom, even though her bedroom had a broken window that let in cold air.
In an attempt to keep warm, the girl slept in the living room and used the electric oven for heat. The window had been missing since the family moved into the trailer on December 1, 2020.
The victim’s feet were amputated on March 2 at UT Health Tyler and the warrant says they were “black, swollen and bleeding.” When asked why he had waited so long to make it stand, Caldwell replied that he kept “procrastinating”.
Caldwell pleaded guilty on Monday to the 1st degree felony charge and now faces a conviction for his felony in January.