Baby Riley Alston and his sister Katelynn began a new chapter in their young lives Friday when their adoption by a family member was officially complete.
Riley, now 3, was just 8 months old in December 2011 when he was discovered in a severely malnourished state, lying in a bed stained by feces and urine, in their home in Sandy Beach.
Justin Alston and Brittany Oliphant-Alston, the then-21-year-old parents of Katelynn and Riley, were arrested on felony charges of injury to a child with serious bodily injury. They have been in prison since being found guilty and receiving a 60-year sentence in November 2012.
Riley weighed only about 9 pounds when he was discovered, in a bedroom by himself, by former Granbury High School student Magon Rutledge during a gathering of friends and acquaintances at the Alston home.
A friend of Rutledge phoned his father, a paramedic, and Riley was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Riley recovered and has been living in a foster home with his sister.
Katelynn, now 4, and Riley were adopted by one of Justin Alston’s family members. A spokesperson for Child Protective Services said the agency cannot disclose the name of the person who adopted the children.
Friday morning’s adoption hearing in Judge Ralph Walton’s 355th District Court took only about 10 minutes.
“Everything went great,” said Jean Cate, the program director of Hood County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). “Judge Walton was very gracious, as always. That’s one of those cases that worked out well for everybody concerned. We don’t get many that work out nicely.”
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