Family members indicted in child's death

The grandfather and mother of a Rockdale child who drowned this summer have been indicted in the child’s death.
The indictments were among those handed down in the Sept. 17 session of the Milam County grand jury.
According to District Attorney Bill Torrey, the grandfather, John Earl Furnace, Jr., 48, was indicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter and state jail felony abandon/endanger a child. The mother, Victoria Katelyn Furnace, 24, was indicted on state jail felony abandon/endanger a child.
The arrest warrants were issued after MCSO investigators found discrepancies in details given by John Earl Furnace concerning the July 19 drowning death of 11 month-old Benjamin Castro. Furnace was caring for the child when the incident occurred at a residence on CR 322 near Rockdale.

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