Report: Mom admits she was having sex with husband while son was dying in a bathtub of ‘horrendous injuries’

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HOUSTON, TX- Court records have revealed new details involving the death of an eight-year-old boy that was found dead inside a hotel with horrendous injuries. ABC13 reported that the mother of the young child told police she and her common-law husband were having sex while her son was dying.

On Tuesday night, March 23rd, around 11 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a possible drowning call at the Quality Inn and Suites off of the West Beltway. Once investigators arrived on scene, it was clear to them that there was more to what was being presented.

Police said Keyontae Holzendorf was found unresponsive with both new and old injuries, including patches of missing skin and deep ligature marks.

Immediately following the news of the eight-year-old child’s death, Sheryl Holzendorf, Keyontae’s grandmother traveled to Houston and spoke with ABC13.

She said:

“It’s just shocking that this could happen to us. None of us knew what was going on because Keyontae’s mother was so short on the phone and every time that we would talk to her and Keyontae, she would have his face covered or we couldn’t see his face at all. We could just hear him in the background, so we had no idea this was going on.”

She added that she and her family did not know that Keyontae and his mother, 24-year-old Kayla Holzendorf were staying at a hotel with her common-law husband, 28-year-old Dominique Lewis.

Both the mother and Lewis appeared before a judge on Thursday, March 25th. Both are facing charges of injury to a child and tampering with evidence. However, those charges could be upgraded following the news of the child’s death.

The chief prosecutor said in a statement:

“One of the charges that each defendant is charged with right now is tampering with evidence related to a pair of handcuffs that were initially seen by the first responders.

Once the formal search of the apartment was conducted, those handcuffs were found inside, stuffed underneath the mattress and Kayla admitted that they moved those. So, we believe those handcuffs may be associated with those ligature marks on the ankles.”

Reportedly, the couple told investigators that they do not know what happened to Keyontae. Court records show that police wrote that they observed new and old injuries on the eight-year-old’s body the night he died.

The details of these injuries are graphic, including burn patches on his chest and body, burns to the shaft of his penis, bruising to the left side of his forehead, a laceration to the left ear, small puncture wounds to different places, and ligature marks on his ankles and wrists.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, Kayla told investigators that they sent Keyontae to the hotel room bathroom to take a bath while she and Lewis had sex. Afterwards, when they checked on him, they found him unresponsive in the bathtub.

According to Keyontae’s grandmother, Kayla called her right after the incident and she and her family traveled from Florida to Houston. Ericka Holzendorf, Kayla’s step-mother, said in a statement:

“I want everybody to know that Keyontae had a family. We love him. He wasn’t by himself and he’s not alone, and we’re here to find out what happened. We’re here until we get justice.”

The family has since set up a GoFundMe account to help give Keyontae a proper burial. Reportedly, three weeks prior to Keyontae’s death, a witness called police suspecting abuse after seeing the boy selling muffins in a food store parking lot with scratches and bruises. Police said Kayla claimed the injuries were from a bicycle accident.

Keyontae’s horrific death sheds light on a much larger, more grim picture of child abuse happening in the Houston-area.

According to data by Child Protective Services, between January 1st and March 25th, there have been 1,715 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Harris County. This is compared to 1,496 victims reported the same time the year prior in 2020.

In 2020, a total of 48 child deaths in Harris County were related to abuse or neglect. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office said that in the fist three months of 2020, there were 11 reported child deaths ruled homicides, most of which included black and Hispanic children.

Thus far in 2021, the county is seeing the same amount of children murdered, including domestic violence and other violent crimes. 

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Man sentenced for cutting off penis of his wife’s lover while victim’s children were in the other room

March 5th, 2021

TRENTON, FL – A 49-year-old man was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to cutting off his wife’s lover’s penis back in 2019.

On top of the time in prison, the man was also given 10 years of probation and was hit with over a quarter million dollars in restitution. 

A recently settled criminal case from Florida demonstrates one of the many reasons why it’s never a smart idea to be the “other” man/woman in an extramarital affair.

Because while this case resulted in a man going to prison – it came at the cost of the victim’s procreative organ.

Back in 2019, Alex Bonilla had apparently become aware to his wife having an affair with another man.

Days after finding out about the infidelity, Bonilla had went to the man’s home while armed with a firearm, and forced the man into a chair. 

With the victim’s children reportedly in an adjacent room, Bonilla used a pair of scissors to cut off the man genitals and then went back to his home in possession of the man’s severed penis. 

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s deputies wound up responding to the incident, with one taking the victim to a nearby hospital, while other deputies surrounded Bonilla’s home. 

After the incident occurred in 2019 and Bonilla was arrested, locals who lived in the neighborhood weighed in on the crime that transpired – with folks being in near disbelief. 

One of those neighbors, Dusty Joiner, stated the following once learning about the crude castration: 

“I was like you got to be kidding me, ain’t no way this happened.”

Joiner went on to say:

“When I found out what happened over there and I saw the report and what I read, I was like oh man that guy is crazy, something is wrong with him, they need to lock that man up or something I’m glad they got him.”

Having learned about what motivated Bonilla to commit the crime, Joiner said that even in instances like that, it’s just better to move on with one’s life rather than do something foolishly heinous.

He said:

“Even if its cheating or something on somebody you just move on with your life, it ain’t no sense in killing somebody or hurting somebody.”

Bonilla reportedly pleaded guilty in February of 2021 to the incident, where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, 10 years of probation, and restitution in the amount of $251,023. 

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Speaking of cases involving jilted significant others, a judge in Texas was recently sentenced in a wire fraud case in September of 2020, but is still facing aggravated assault charges after allegedly shooting at her husband’s lover back in August of 2020. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on the matter prior to the judge being sentenced in the wire fraud case. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HOUSTON, TX – A Texas judge finds herself on the other side of the law as she faces jail time for allegedly shooting at her husband’s lover. 

Media outlets in Houston report that Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas allegedly fired shots on August 11th after confronting the woman at her home. 

Smoots-Thomas is accused of pulling a gun while the two women were arguing. She reportedly fired the gun but did not hit the mistress, her intended target. There are no reports of injuries. 

Court documents say she’s now charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. There is no word regarding whether prosecutors pursue additional charges such as attempted murder.

The judge already has retained the high-profile defense firm of Schaffer, Carter & Associates. Speaking on her behalf, attorney Kent Schaffer, famous for his representation of CEOs, rappers, and cartel heads over several decades, old local news station KPRC

“My client was in a car and the other woman was outside the car. I believe she was carrying a club or some sort of stick with the intent to assault my client and a gun appeared. A shot was fired but nobody was hurt.”

Smoots-Thomas had been a civil judge in Harris County for a decade. However, in the Democratic primary runoff for Texas 164th District Court on July 14, 2020, Smoots-Thomas had just lost to Cheryl Elliott Thornton by 62,478 votes out of a total 149,264 voters. She was not in a position to retain her seat after the Nov. 3rd election.

Moreover, this shooting is not the 44-year-old’s first brush with the law. In November 2019, court records say she was suspended from the bench after being indicted on seven counts of felony wire fraud. 

Federal prosecutors alleged that she used more than $25,000 of campaign funds to pay for a luxury handbag, jewelry, her children’s school tuition and her mortgage. 

Her attorney, Kent Schaffer, extended his comments to those charges during his interview with KPRC: 

“The government has alleged that she used her campaign account to pay personal expenses.” 

In the past, he said the investigation into the alleged fraud began when FBI agents told Smoots-Thomas that an anonymous complaint of bribery had been brought to their attention.

Her attorney told a Houston ABC affiliate that the indictment is “political.”

It is further complicated by Smoots-Thomas’ health issues. While on the bench, she was reportedly diagnosed with breast cancer causing her to temporarily stop taking cases while she received medical treatment.

Her attorney claims she was offered a deal in exchange for wearing a wire while conversing with other judges. Schaffer says she declined the offer. He told ABC Houston:

“She’s a black female Democrat and I think they saw it as an opportunity to get her off the bench and put a white Republican in, in a county where none exists.”

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