Schertz, TX–Samantha Britain, 32, is a stay-at-home mom. Her fiancee, David Brasse, 35, is a trained EMT. Between the two of them, they have five children who rely and depend on them. Oh wait, make that four children. 8-year-old Sarah Brasse died February 5th…alone in her bedroom, sick and ignored.
Sarah was sick for two days…she hadn’t eaten, had been vomiting, and had diarrhea the entire time. The only care she received was from her 10-year-old brother. It was his responsibility to bring Sarah water and make sure she was covered up and taken care of. When police and emergency workers arrived on a call of an unresponsive and unconscious child, they found Sarah dead on her bedroom floor, her body already cold and stiff from rigor. An autopsy showed she died of appendicitis. Would she have lived had it been treated? The medical examiner stated, ‘It’s not just possible, but probable that she would have lived.’
Detective Jonathan Patrick stated in an arrest affidavit, ‘I immediately noticed the odor of something spoiled in the house. Later, I would discover that the smell was coming from places in the carpet, where the children had vomited and the vomit was never cleaned up. I found vomit stains throughout the house. In several places in the house, dried cat feces was smeared into the carpet.’ The rule in that household…you puke it up, you clean it up.
Samantha told investigators that she had spoken to Sarah just 15 minutes before making a call to 911 at 6:10 p.m. Hmmm…that’s weird. It only took 15 minutes for Sarah’s body to cool and stiffen? Lying bitch. Medical staff report that Sarah had been dead for at least 2 hours prior to the 911 call.
Samantha and David told investigators they did nothing wrong. The didn’t realize Sarah was that sick. Excuse me? Puking and shitting for two days straight, not to mention the pain from the appendicitis, and you didn’t notice? An EMT didn’t notice? Maybe you would have, had you not ignored her.
A 10-year-old boy was left in charge of all of the children. He was not only responsible for taking care of Sarah while she was sick, he was the one responsible for giving prescription medication to his 6-year old brother. That same 6-year-old is now hospitalized for a colon infection. More medical neglect. Someone, give that 10-year-old a pass to Disneyland. The kid deserves it.
Sarah’s biological mother, Jo-Anne Brasse, claims that she has been fighting for custody of Sarah and her two brothers since 2007. She also claims ‘there were ongoing signs of mental abuse and neglect inside the home for months.’ She repeatedly tried to have the children removed from their father’s home, but was denied in court due to lack of evidence. Well, I hope they have enough evidence now.
Samantha Britain and David Brasse were taken to the Guadalupe County jail. Bond had not been set as of Wednesday afternoon. They are both being charged with criminally negligent homicide.
All of the children are now being cared for by Brasse’s mother. Who, by the way, says her son is a great father! Yeah…I can totally see that. Another relative stated that another child in the home had been sick with a stomach virus…Samantha and David just assumed that Sarah had the same bug. It’s been my experience that a common stomach bug usually passes within 24-hours. Two entire days of vomiting signals a problem. You don’t even have to be a trained EMT to figure that out.