Posted on September 26, 2023

Texas Mother Who Blamed Son’s Life-Threatening Injuries on ‘White Couple’ Arrested for Lying to Police

Katie Daviscourt, Post Millennial, September 20, 2023

A Texas mother was arrested on Saturday for allegedly making false statements to police about her two-year-old son’s life-threatening injuries sustained in February, in which he had suffered internal injuries, burns, and a lacerated liver.

Shelby Martinez, 30, was arrested on Saturday at her apartment complex where her son was injured and has been charged with making false statements to police {snip}

{snip} Martinez and the boy’s father, Thomas Gates, tried to cover up how their child received life-threatening injuries.

Shelby Martinez and Thomas Gates

Shelby Martinez and Thomas Gates

Their two-year-old son was allegedly run over by Gates when he was backing out with his vehicle, but the couple blamed it on an “unknown white couple,” according to police. Martinez and Gates are both black.

Gates was arrested in February {snip}

According to authorities, Gates told them that a car driven by an unknown white female and male had pulled out of a parking spot at the Maverick on Maurine Apartments on Ridgeway and hit his son as he and his family were getting into their car.