Second-grader Curtis Collman III is dead because his father let him die to hide his own drug habit.
We’re about to go to an incredibly distressing place, folks.
8- year-old Curtis told his dad that he was hungry and then started eating what he thought was breakfast cereal left on a plate – but was in fact crystal methamphetamine.
Why a child would think that a colorless rocky crystal that according to Quora tastes “very chemical-y” would be cereal perhaps suggests a level of neglect and food insecurity that no child should ever suffer.
Either way, by the time the child’s father, Curtis Collman, Jr., noticed what was happening, his son had already ingested about 180 times a lethal dose.
'WORST NIGHTMARE': Hungry 8-year-old boy dies after eating crystal meth he thought was breakfast cerealhttps://t.co/vgsmRyoeWv
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) August 4, 2018
This is horrific enough, to be sure.
But the boy’s father actively prevented medical assistance.
Curtis Collman, Jr. stopped both his son’s grandmother and a friend from calling the police while being “hysterical, crying and acting crazy” – pointing a gun at the friend to keep her from phoning for help.
Father charged after hungry 8-year-old boy died from eating his dad's crystal meth, thinking it was breakfast cereal. Police say the father refused to let anyone call for help, even as the child lay dying:
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) August 5, 2018
We can only presume that the father didn’t want to get in trouble, so he let his son convulse himself into unresponsiveness before ditching the child at his grandmother’s house.
He then hollered that he would kill himself and drove away from the scene as someone was finally able to call 911. The boy was taken to Schneck Medical Center where he died.
— infowe (@infowe) August 5, 2018
When police arrived to serve the warrant for Collman’s arrest, officers noted there was no functioning electricity in the house the child lived in.
Prosecutors intend to push for the maximum sentence of 50 years.
RIP little Curtis Collman III. It’s a pity your violent abusive POS of a sperm donor wasn’t up to the job in giving you the best in life. Hopefully the prosecutors get justice & give Curtis Collman Jr 30+ yrs though he deserves to be force fed a lifetime supply of meth in 1 go. https://t.co/eXyOb44Ivj
— Justice For Victims (@ElMuertoArias) August 3, 2018
Rest in peace Curtis Collman, Jr. You didn't deserve this :'( https://t.co/4Q8TbGZZyl
— Melissa (@dittmar_melissa) August 4, 2018
The internet was truly at a loss for words.
OMG what a horrible story! Poor baby! Hope that “father” never sees the light of day again. I am heartbroken
— Linda Moore (@lindee1364) August 4, 2018
What a horrible person this guy is – hope he rots in prison then rots in hell – he'll get what's coming to him in prison though. #RIP to this little boy.
— Tina Marie (@LadyTi88) August 4, 2018
How awful. Poor baby.
— dawn (@threesunrises) August 4, 2018
— Sirveaux1066 (@Sirveaux1066) August 4, 2018
Collman was previously convicted of attempting to pay a minor $60 in exchange for sex.
It is very unlikely that he’ll ever leave prison again.