22 Year Old Livingston Man Charged with Murder of 1 Month Old Child, LIVINGSTON, September 3, 2021 - Sheriff Lyons reports that an arrest has been made in the death of a one month old child. The father of the child, Thomas Allen Janczak, 22, of Livingston, was arrested in Polk County on the night of September 2, 2021. Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested Janczak for the offense of capital murder of a person younger than 10 years of age, on an arrest warrant obtained from Justice of the Peace, Jamie Richardson.
In November of 2020, Polk County Detectives received information that the one month old had arrived at the Texas Children’s Hospital, in The Woodlands, where doctors had diagnosed the child to have severe injuries. The child was then transported to Texas Children’s Hospital downtown, where he passed away twelve days later from blunt force /trauma.
Since that time, detectives conducted a full investigation, with assistance from the CPS Special Investigators Office, Polk County District Attorney’s Office, the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Texas Rangers Office. Due to the work of all agencies involved, detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Thomas Janczak.
Due to the severity of the crime of Capital Murder, these investigations require months of interviews, gathering of evidence, and consultations with professionals in the medical field in order to obtain concrete evidence for prosecution. There is no way to predict how much time a police investigation will take and Sheriff Lyons greatly appreciates 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.
At this time, Thomas Allen Janczak is incarcerated in the Polk County Jail on the charge of Capital Murder and is currently under a $1,000,000 bond. Other possible criminal charges are being investigated and considered at this time.
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