Lamont Bryant, 28, and Bianca Riley, 25, are accused of abusing two children who San Antonio police said were found in the couple’s North side home, “huddled in a corner, out of breath and scared.”
Officers discovered the children -- a 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy -- Sunday evening in a second-floor apartment in the 1100 block of Patricia Drive.
They said they had received a call around 5:15 p.m. from a neighbor who reported hearing loud screams coming from the home.
"The kids crying and crying and screaming. And (Riley) kept yelling at them to shut up,” said the neighbor Tuesday morning, recalling the weekend incident.
That woman did not want to be identified for this story, but said she “could hear the slapping sound on bare skin.”
Officer Roger Zuniga, spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department, said officers who answered the call were met by Bryant at the door.
They then convinced him to allow them inside to check on the children, he said.
“There were welts on the chest and back of both. The 4-year-old also had old welts and freshly broken skin on his body. And he had a cut under his left eye, which was also swollen,” Zuniga said, reading from a police report.
Officers took Bryant into custody at the apartment.
However, police said he blamed Riley, who had already left the home by the time they arrived.
They tracked her down later at a nearby HEB store.
Officers said Riley told them, at first, that Bryant was responsible for the children’s injuries, then blamed a man who lives in Detroit.
The unidentified neighbor said, from what she has seen of the family, Bryant appeared to be an especially nurturing father.
“He's the one that always is with the kids. You never saw her with the kids. You only saw him walking in with the kids," she said.
Police, though, are holding both of them accountable.
Bryant and Riley are each charged with two counts of injury to a child.
The children, meanwhile, are being held in protective custody.