Anson Couple Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

ANSON, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Anson couple is behind bars in connection to child abuse cases involving their 8 children. 

Michael Stamper is being held in the Jones County Jail on a $100,000 bond for an Injury to a Child charge issued in connection to an incident that happened on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Court documents say Stamper's 7-year-old son arrived at summer school with a bruise on his eye that morning.

When questioned, the documents say the boy implicated his father then told detectives that "his dad said he had to say he was rough housing because he didn't want them to get taken away and put back in the system." 

Stamper was arrested on a warrant Monday, and on Wednesday, his wife, Tonia Stamper, was arrested and charged with 7 counts of Endangering a Child after police verified an anonymous tip that she had left her children home alone for over 24 hours. 

Anson Police Chief David Moore told KTAB and KRBC he took the 7-year-old child into custody when Michael Stamper was arrested and he took the remaining 7 children into custody when Tonia Stamper was arrested. All children have since been released to Child Protective Services. 

Chief Moore says he took it upon himself to remove the children from the dangerous living conditions because CPS claimed there wasn't enough evidence to take them into protective custody, despite numerous investigations at the home.

Chief Moore also confirmed police have responded to the Stamper home multiple times for Child Neglect and Narcotics calls. 

CPS couldn't comment the specific nature of the Stamper case, but a representative did confirm they are working in close conjunction with law enforcement to ensure all eight children are in a safe situation.

CPS also told KTAB and KRBC a court order is necessary before anyone in their office can remove children from a home. 


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