ANGLETON — A grandmother filed papers seeking sole custody of her 2-year-old grandson after police charged his father with killing his mother.
Trisha Rodriguez was found dead in her bathtub with a cut to her head and a bottle of wine nearby, according to the autopsy, but no alcohol in her system.
The father of her 2-year-old son, Darrell Anthony Adell Jr., is free on a $100,000 bond after being arrested on a murder charge June 7, online records show. A Brazoria County grand jury handed down his murder indictment the same day, then he was free by Monday, according to court records.
It is in the child’s best interest if the grandmother is the sole managing conservator of the child, a motion filed Monday by attorney William Terry states. The petition requests the court to deny Adell access to the child in light of a history of family violence and the first-degree murder indictment, the motion states.
Adell, 30, and Rodriguez, 39, had entered into a temporary custody agreement before Rodriguez filed a motion to increase child support payments the day before her death, The Facts previously reported.
Adell has had custody of his son since his mother’s death and denied access to Rodriguez’s mother, who discovered her daughter’s body Feb. 21, according to the civil motion. Adell voluntarily placed his son in care of his family through Child Protective Services before revoking that placement and keeping the child, the motion indicates.
Adell might be living in a house currently under construction with materials on site, according to the documents.
The motion is set for a hearing June 24, according to online records.
After contact from the attorney, Adell allowed the grandmother a four-hour visit on Mother’s Day, according to an affidavit. She and none of her family saw the child for 81 days after Rodriguez’s death, the affidavit states.
“Mr. Adell has instructed my grandson’s daycare to not allow me or any member of my family access to (the child),” the affidavit states.
The grandmother lived with her daughter and grandson for the first nine months of his life, then had regular weekly contact with them, according to the documents. She believes the child not having contact with her and having contact with Adell is a significant risk to his physical and emotional health, the documents state.
Rodriguez died of blunt force head injuries, according to the medical examiner’s report. Justice of the Peace Jack Brown recommended the manner of death was homicide, which the medical examiner confirmed, the documents state.
There’s always a question as to what happened when someone has head injuries and they’re in a bathtub, Lake Jackson Assistant Police Chief Chris Anderson said.
Police have to look at the totality of circumstances, including trauma, blood and things out of place throughout the house, Anderson said.
He declined to comment about the bottle found near the scene other than that alcohol consumption was not an issue for the victim. He also declined to comment on any evidence.
“Preserving the integrity of this case and getting justice for the victim and her family is our top priority,” Anderson said by email.
A bottle is the only known possible weapon in this case, according to the indictment.
Terry declined to comment about pending litigation, but previously told The Facts Rodriguez was well-loved.
“This has been a tremendous loss to the family, the community, to those who knew and loved her,” Terry said. “She was a great girl who had a bright future.”
Rodriguez had been a cheerleader at Brazoswood High School and the University of Texas, where she earned an engineering degree, and later worked for Dow Chemical Co., Terry said.
Adell does not yet have an attorney listed online. Murder is punishable by up to life in prison.