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Arrest made in baby’s death

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Thomas Allen JanczakThomas Allen JanczakFrom Enterprise Staff

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Allen Janczak, 22, of Livingston, Thursday night. Janczak was charged with capital murder and is being held in the Polk County Jail under a $1 million bond. The arrest was made in conjunction with the death of Janczak’s one-month-old child.

Polk County Detectives received information of the infant arriving at the Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands in November of 2020. After doctors determined the severity of the injuries the infant was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital Downtown where he died from blunt force trauma 12 days later.

“Due to the severity of the crime of capital murder, these investigations require months of detectives conducting interviews, gathering evidence and consultations with professionals in the medical field, to obtain concrete evidence for prosecution. There is no way to predict how much time a police investigation will take,” Captain David Sottosanti, an investigator with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, said.                                                                         

Detectives conducted a full investigation, with assistance from the CPS Special Investigator’s Office, the Polk County District Attorney’s Office, the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Texas Rangers Office.

“The hard work of all the agencies involved led detectives in obtaining an arrest warrant. I greatly appreciate the patience it took from the family and friends of the victim to see justice prevail and this case brought to an arrest and prosecution,” Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons said.

Other possible criminal charges are being investigated and considered at this time, according to Sottosanti.  

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