GALVESTON — An attorney is calling for a rally on the courthouse steps in support of criminal charges being filed in the case of a boy who police said was kept in a box.
Donna L. LeLeux is the court-appointed attorney for a boy by the initials J.W., who was 9 years old when he was reported July 22 as a runaway from his Galveston home.
Police found the boy three hours later, and state Child Protective Services were concerned about his living situation.
The boy told police he ran away from home because he didn’t want to be locked inside his room, a police search warrant affidavit stated. Police searched the boy’s home for evidence of the possession or promotion of child pornography, the affidavit stated.
The affidavit claimed the boy’s father showed police an 8-foot by 6-foot particleboard box in the laundry room, and police accused a man of keeping his son locked inside.
Police reported finding shackles, a handcuff key, drug paraphernalia and a book called “The Lost Boy” among the items seized.
In a Monday email to The Daily News and others, LeLeux said a rally would be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Galveston County Justice Center, 600 59th St., to let the district attorney know that citizens haven’t forgotten about J.W. and to demand action in order to bring charges.
“To date, the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office has not prosecuted anyone for the physical and emotional abuse my client suffered,” LeLeux said in the email.
Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady responded Tuesday evening to the email, saying the case remained under investigation and that his office was working with local and federal law enforcement agencies to pursue the matter.
“We at the district attorney’s office understand and appreciate the community’s support and interest in this case,” Roady said. “While sometimes the criminal justice system seems to move far too slowly for those involved, a charging decision will be made only after the investigation has been completed.”
Roady said it was heartening to see county residents pull together in the case. He also said he has an open door to anyone with information about this or any other criminal matter.
“I assure you that we will continue to work toward a just result,” Roady said.
LeLeux asked those attending the rally to bring a blue or white glow stick and to stand up for J.W.
J.W. has remained in foster care, and an account was established in the interest of J.W. at all Wells Fargo banks. The account, 9843165490, would be used only for the boy’s benefit and would be managed by LeLeux, she said.