A nine-year-old boy was beaten to death and his body was left to rot for a year alongside his three starving brothers at their Texas home, it is reported.

The youngster’s skeletal remains were found when his eldest surviving sibling, 15, alerted police last Sunday that his body was in an apartment.

The 15-year-old also said that he was living at the apartment alone with his younger brothers aged 10 and seven as his parents had not lived there for several months, reported Click2Houston.com.

The unnamed child had multiple blunt force injuries that led to his death said the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday.

Brian Coulter, 31, has been charged with the murder of the boy whose mother Gloria Williams, 35, has so far been accused of Injury to a child by omission, failure to provide medical care and failure o provide adequate supervision.

Police have now arrested the mother of the boy and a man over his death (

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When police went to the apartment where the dead body was found, they discovered the other boys looking malnourished and with physical injuries - leading to all three being taken to hospital to be assessed.

An ABC13 source said that the seven-year-old had facial fractures.

Several neighbours told the news outlet that the boys relied on them for food.

"A few times I noticed the lights weren't on, and it was quiet upstairs, so I figured there was trouble because the parents haven't been there in a while," Trevor Thompson said.

"One day, he came here and knocked on the door and asked if he could use the charger, and we built a bond from there. I started offering him food because I knew he needed more than just a charger."

Police said that they discovered three other boys who were malnourished at the home (

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The neighbours said they didn’t call the police as they didn’t realise the extent of what had been taking place.

Sheriff Ed Gonzales said the siblings were living in deplorable conditions and the body of the dead boy was on full display.

He added: "Very horrific situation here, very tragic.

"I've been in this business for a long time and I've never heard of a scenario like this, it really caught me by surprise."

It has been claimed that the pandemic has made the situation worse for vulnerable kids, said Bob Sanborn president of Children at Risk, a kids charity in Texas.

"It was very easy for these kids to fall through the cracks," Sanborn told ABC13. "Texas has always relied on teachers to be that line of first defense for child abuse and these kids never got to that place where a teacher could identify what was going on with them, or begin an investigation, or alert CPS or others to what was happening."

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