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By Brian Besch

A Splendora man is in the Polk County Jail after and stealing a vehicle and abandoning his child Saturday morning on Youngs Lane in Livingston.

The Livingston Police Department received a phone call from Union Pacific Railroad Saturday at approximately 3:30 a.m. that their train had possibly struck an individual laying parallel to the track in Livingston. 

Officers arrived on scene and were able to obtain a physical description from the train engineer, who stated the individual was a white male, light colored shirt, and medium build. An extensive search by officers and firement then began around the area where the individual was said to be struck.

After several hours of walking the entire length of the train, searching the area on foot, and using a drone, the individual was never located. The search did reveal a pair of pants, cell phone and boots in the area where the individual was struck. The search was then completed at approximately 7 a.m. and the train continued to its destination. 

At approximately 7:30 a.m., Livingston Police received a phone call from Youngs Lane, stating a vehicle was just stolen from a residence and the suspect was a white male wearing a light-colored shirt in his underwear. Officers arrived on scene and began their investigation into the stolen vehicle and this location was adjacent to the railroad tracks on the east side. After conducting the investigation, the victim’s vehicle was entered as stolen and the the individual that was earlier struck by the train could be the suspect.  

Later at approximately 9:30 a.m., Livingston Police answered a 911 call from another residence on Youngs Lane, stating they had just found a small infant in their shed behind their residence. After receiving this call, officers and EMS were notified and arrived on scene to find a small infant female child, approximately eight months old with visible bodily injuries. The crime scene was then processed for biological evidence and the infant was treated, then transferred by medical helicopter to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. While still at the residence processing the scene, the Livingston Police Department was notified by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office that the stolen vehicle had been located and recovered in Coldspring, and a white male suspect identified as Clifford Jason Guynes, 43, of Splendora, was detained. 

The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office stated Guynes had visible body injuries and stated he had been struck by a train. The sheriff’s office summoned EMS to the scene and Guynes was later transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke’s Health Hospital in Livingston. After Guynes arrived at the hospital, officers were able to collect more information from Guynes. During the investigation, Guynes stated he had left his daughter in a shed, but could not remember where. It is unclear at this time how Guynes’ daughter received her injuries, but Guynes’ injuries were not life threatening. 

While the investigation continued, a green Chevrolet truck was later located in a wooded area near the location of where Guynes was struck by the train. The vehicle was found to be owned by Guynes, who had not mentioned anything about his truck. The vehicle was recovered by a tow truck from the wooded area to a secured storage facility and searched for further evidence. 

The Livingston Police Department has charged Guynes with felony injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, felony child endangerment/abandonment and felony vehicle theft. Guynes is currently incarcerated in the Polk County Jail with bonds totaling over $200,000. The investigation is continuing and Guynes could be face further charges. 

According to hospital sources, the infant is in stable condition at this time and Child Protective Services is involved in the investigation.

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