Kayla Holzendorf (Image: Houston PD)
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A mum told officers she had sex as her eight-year-old son died, after he was found with "horrendous injuries" and belt marks, it has been reported.
Keyontae Holzendorf was found dead in a hotel room in Texas on March 23 with "numerous injuries to his head, neck and abdomen, ligature marks on his wrists and ankles and missing skin where duct tape was removed."
A Child Fatality Report released last week reveals how concerns were raised about the youngster three weeks before his death.
The boy's mum Kayla Holzendorf and her common law partner Dominique Lewis have been charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence in connection with the death.
The couple are said to claim that they "don't know what happened" to the boy after his death, The Sun reports.
Little Keyontae Holzendorf was found dead in March
Police initially responded to a report of a drowning in a bathtub, reports the Houston Chronicle, but found the boy unresponsive in the middle of a second-floor hotel room.
He was said to have had large patches of missing skin, as well as ligature marks on both ankles, bruises and broken teeth.
Kayla reportedly claimed they had sent the boy to have a bath while her and her partner had sex before they found him unresponsive.
Weeks before his death a stranger was said to have called officers after spotting the boy outside a grocery store, saying they suspected abuse.
And hospital staff were said to have reported that Keyontae had "numerous scars on his back indicative of belt whippings."
Dominique Lewis is also charged
(Image: Houston PD)
Keyontae was filmed speaking with police, referring the case to the Child Protective Services. At the time, his mum had said the injuries were a result of her son falling off his bike.
Dr. Bob Sanborn, CEO of Children-At-Risk, told ABC13 : "Here is a case where we had a child who was abused and because not enough investigation went on, they really reunited the child with his abuser.
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"Can you imagine? This was hell for this young boy. This was sort of worst-case scenario and as you read this report, you're devastated for him.
"This is horrible. This little kid never had a chance."