A 7-year-old boy was burned with boiling hot water in a home invasion in Texas on Monday.
Authorities released new details after a Texas family was terrorized Monday by three masked burglars who have a child in boiling hot water to get information from his parents.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that they received a call around 3 o’clock from the home near the intersection of FM 1464 and the Westpark Tollway in the Houston area of Fort Bend County.
The owner told police that three masked black suspects broke through the front door and struck him, causing injuries. After the capture of the man, the masked men held his 7-year-old son in a bath with boiling hot water in an attempt to obtain information about possessions in the home.
“This is the worst form of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three thugs force their way into a house in the middle of the night is horrible. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They are cowards, to say the least.”
Nehls said the boy was transferred to the Texas Medical Center and was treated for the fact that some fluid in his lungs.
MASKED MEN TERRORIZE TEXAS FAMILY, BURNED THE CHILD WITH HOT WATER DURING HOME INVASION, OFFICIALS SAY
“Our staff is aggressively working this case. My prayers are with the family,” he said on Twitter.
The boy involved in this morning’s home invasion was transported to the TMC and is being treated for the fact that some fluid in his lungs. It is not life-threatening. Our staff is aggressively working this case. My prayers are with the family.
— Sheriff Troy Nehls (@SheriffTNehls) June 25, 2018
The three men left with cash, jewellery and also took the family phones after the hour-long ordeal, police said. Authorities plan to release images from surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the property during a press conference on Tuesday.
.@SheriffTNehls tells me that the robbers held the family at gunpoint in that house for an hour this morning and got away with an undisclosed amount of property #khou11 pic.twitter.com/Z9OpDZzY80
— Janel Forte (@JanelKHOU) June 25, 2018
While the police have not yet identified the victims, Mohamad Ghiri told KPRC on Monday that he thought his brother was just late for work, but eventually the person was able to see the horror of his face and the description of the terrifying incident.
“I saw him all bloody and a cut on his head,” Ghriri told KRPC. “He was shaken up, I tried to calm him down, but he was so concerned about his son.”
Anyone who has information is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. (281) 342-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.fortbend.crimestoppersweb.com.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed