Man beat girlfriends son, 8, to death and left his corpse for nearly a year

A man in the US is accused of beating his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son to death and leaving his corpse to rot away as the couple starved the other children.

Brian Coulter, from Texas, was arrested and charged with the murder of Kendrick Lee on Tuesday after police found his remains in a closet two days earlier.

The 31-year-old allegedly murdered the boy, whose mother is Coulter’s girlfriend Gloria Williams, by punching and kicking him to death almost a year before his body was found.

Coulter and Williams also failed to to feed his three brothers, while Coulter bragged over his meals on social media.

He also has a tattoo which reads “Family over Everything”, which accompanied most of the posts he made online.

The three brothers, 15, 10 and seven, were left to fend for themselves, according to the criminal complaint.

Williams, 35, is charged with injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence, a human corpse, following his and Williams' arrest.

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According to KTRK, Coulter and Williams were arrested at a public library after they were looking at articles about themselves.

Sergeant Dennis Wolfford, who was tasked with investigating the case, told a press conference that it was one of the most difficult cases he had worked on, reported ABC7.

He said: "This one is up there. This one affected us.”

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The terrible crimes were only uncovered after William’s 15-year-old son called 911 to report they had been living in the apartment at CityParc II in Harris County on their own with their brother’s corpse.

A medical examiner ruled that the boy’s death came from multiple blunt force trauma injuries and believe it occurred between November 19 and 29 last year.

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The boys reported how Coulter had punched and kicked the eight-year-old until the boy stopped moving and how Coulter later put a blanket over his body.

Williams admitted she knew her son had been killed by Coulter but claims she did not report it because she was afraid that her kids would be taken away and she would go to jail.

The boys would sometimes be fed by Williams, who lived elsewhere, through deliveries but it was not substantial.

Coulter has a bond set at £1m, while Williams’ bond was set at $900,000.

Both have been ordered to have no contact with her children or any other minors and they cannot contact each other.

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