Update: Vidor man arrested for injury to a child
Update: Matthew Allen Wagner was arrested for Injury to a Child that
occurred in Vidor in 2007. In 2009 Matthew Wagner pleaded guilty to the
charge of Injury to a Child in the 128th District Court, Orange County.
Judge Pat Clark sentenced Wagner to eight years probation, a term of sixty-days
in the Orange County Jail, and a $2000.00 fine.
Investigators have contacted the Probation Department and
are in the process of getting a Motion to Revoke Probation warrant issued for
Matthew Wagner for the 2009 conviction. Matthew Wagner is currently
in the Orange County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond.
On Wednesday, Dec. 1 Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont concerning an Injury to a Child. Upon arrival, deputies met with hospital staff who advised a white female child arrived in the emergency room with injuries they believed were suspicious. ??Deputies were directed to a treatment room where they observed a white female child, age one year, eleven months, lying in a hospital bed. The child’s mother was also present in the room. Deputies observed the child to have extensive injuries to the face and head and the child’s eyes were swollen completely shut. The child had several other bruises and red marks on various other parts of her body.
The mother indicated to deputies the child had fallen from a bed to the floor approximately one week prior; however, she was unable to provide an explanation for the extensive injuries and bruising. The injuries observed were not consistent with the fall described as described by the mother.
On Thursday, Dec. 2, MATTHEW ALLEN WAGNER, a 26 year old Vidor resident and the live-in boyfriend of the mother, arrived at the Vidor Sheriff’s Office to speak with investigators about the child’s injuries. Wagner provided a written statement to investigators and admitted to assaulting the child numerous times, causing serious bodily injury to her.
Wagner was taken into custody by investigators and charged with Injury to a Child, a First Degree Felony offense. He was transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility and bond was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Joe Parkhurst. Bond has been set at $100,000.
The child is currently in the ICU Unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital and despite all of her extensive injuries, she is expected to make a full recovery.
This investigation is being conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division and Texas Children’s Protective Services and is currently ongoing with additional charges pending.