Spring, TX

Parents Charged After Son's Body Found In Washing Machine

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SPRING, Texas (KPRC) — This past July, a boy was found dead under mysterious and unbelievable circumstances. His death was ruled a homicide following an autopsy. Now, his parents are facing charges in connection to his case. 

The Story

On July 28, 2022, Troy Khoeler was reported missing by his adoptive parents. The police, however, say that the young child never stepped foot outside his home. While the police were searching the property, they made a startling discovery.

Troy Khoeler — just 7 years old — was found dead inside a washing machine. 

Court documents state that Troy suffered from asphyxiation, blunt-force trauma, and possible drowning. The washing machine was located at his home in Spring, Texas. According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, his adoptive parents - 42-year-old Jemaine Thomas and 35-year-old Tiffany Thomas - have both been charged in connection to his mysterious death. Jemaine is being charged with capital murder, while Tiffany is being charged with injury to a child by omission.

The Motive

Court documents also revealed text messages from the parents’ cell phones. The investigators reviewed them and found messages threatening to kill Troy for eating their snacks. 

“She ‘threatened to put him in the stove and turn it on,’” court documents read.

The Status

Jemaine Thomas’ bond was set at $2 million. His wife’s bond was set at $150,000.

Investigators say Troy was initially a foster child. He was then adopted by the Thomases in the yer 2019. Officials confirmed that Child Protective Services has a history with the family.

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