A state agency has initiated court proceedings in Travis County to decide who will have custody of two children from the home
of a 5-year-old boy found dead Saturday.
The first hearing is slated for Monday in the custody case involving a 6-month-old boy and 5-year-old girl, both of whom were taken by Child Protective Services officials from the North Austin apartment where Julian Salazar Soliz had been staying.
A petition filed in Travis County court Monday could lead to termination of the parental rights of Julian's father, Leonard "Ivan" Soliz, 21, and his girlfriend, Nichole Turner
, 22, for the two children. Soliz and Turner are the parents of the infant; the 5-year-old is from a previous relationship of Turner's.
The state agency is also investigating the conditions in the children's home, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Travis County sheriff's office entered the fifth day of its homicide investigation. Deputies have not released official details on how the boy died. His father said the boy was found to have suffered internal injuries.
"We want anybody who had seen Julian in the past two weeks to let us know what he appeared like, what his demeanor was and who he was with," sheriff's office spokesman Roger Wade said.
On behalf of the Department of Family and Protective Services, Travis County Assistant District Attorney Anna Lee McNelis filed the court petition in the custody case involving the other children in the home.
"Family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future," the document reads. "Petitioner reasonably fears that there is a clear and present danger of family violence."
In 2006, Soliz, then 18, was accused of grabbing Turner, then 19, by the neck and choking her, according to Williamson County court documents. Soliz pleaded no contest to assault with bodily injury against a family member.
Turner and Soliz "knowingly placed or knowingly allowed the children to remain in conditions or surroundings which endanger the physical or emotional well-being of the children," Monday's court filing read.
Van Deusen said the children could be returned to their parents, but that depends on the outcome of the investigations into the welfare of the children and into Julian's death.