When readers first heard that eight out of the eleven small children found in the infamous house in Dayton were locked in a room with some tied to tiny beds in a ten foot by ten foot room and that has no electric lights and the window is boarded up from the inside, many may have wanted to be on the jury when justice is pursued. But then readers were shocked to read in The Chronicle that Liberty County’s youngest Assistant District Attorney, Logan Pickett “Found insufficient evidence to pursue any criminal charges”.
Whoa! Four of the eight children in that room, including a “5-year-old legally blind girl found on a filthy mattress”, were tied with some kind of restraining strap around their chests to their small beds AND PICKETT SAYS THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE! Add to that information that one of the older children said they were kept up in the room for up to three days and one day they had no food.
What the heck is going on here. Attached to this story are news links that show this story gets worse and worse the more readers get to find out what Logan Pickett and law enforcement found in the house on Ford Avenue in Dayton Texas. Leaving readers, and probably law enforcement, baffled by Pickett saying he did not intend on pursuing this case.
But those who have followed this District Attorney’s office know that Logan Pickett has a great deal less experience than anyone else in that office and there is a good chance he just passed along the wrong message. Or because Pickett has had a front row seat to witness a troubling pattern of selective prosecution, perhaps he was mimicking what he has seen during his young and brief career. Either way, his boss came in and overruled him.
District Attorney Mike Little has now gone on record saying that his office will present their findings to a grand jury. Now we are all left hoping no one in the D.A.’s office will help present this case to the grand jury that feels there is “insufficient evidence”.