Kids Safety 101

Texas Couple Leaves 1-Week-Old in Bucket of Tar

On the morning of Saturday, August 8, authorities in Princeton, Texas received a tip about an unreported infant death in a nearby home. The police then went to the home in the 9100 block of Highridge Road. There stayed a couple, Roland (42) and Donna (41) Grabowski, who immediately showed signs of suspicious behavior.

Where was the baby?

At first, the couple would not cooperate with the police. Eventually, though, they claimed that they had found their 1-week-old baby boy, Micah, dead in their bed on July 29.

Investigators then used a search warrant to figure out where baby Micah’s body was.

In a shed behind the house, investigators found 1-week-old Micah’s corpse enveloped in a blanket and sitting in a bucket of tar.

Authorities took the couple into custody at the Collin County jail on child endangerment charges.

The couple wanted to borrow a friend’s baby

Later, investigators learned that Donna had sent a text to a friend before the arrest that read, “I need you to say your baby is ours. Quick in and out. They just need to see.”

Evidence has also come out that the couple had told their friends that Micah had died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the couple will face multiple felony charges for their crimes. Currently, both face charges of child endangerment, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence with an intent to impair a human corpse. Donna faces an extra charge of tampering with physical evidence.

“There was an attempt to deceive us as to what had happened and the whereabouts of their child, Micah,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner told WFAA. “I’ve been in this business over 30 years, and I’ve seen a lot of crazy things. But this is the first time I’ve found a dead infant in a bucket of tar…and hopefully the last.”

WFAA also reports that Roland Grawbowski, who is a registered sex offender, has committed several horrendous crimes. Reports from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice show Roland has been previously sentenced for:

  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child (victims were 12 and 14 years old)
  • Burglary of a habitation
  • Possession of controlled substances

According to the Dallas Morning News, the offense dates were September 1995 and October 1996. Court records show Roland was sentenced to two years in prison and was released in May 2009. Then, in June 2010, he was arrested by Garland police for failing to register as a sex offender. Shortly after, he registered at an address in Garland. But when police went to verify his address, the house was empty. He was then sentenced to five years in prison in 2011.

Katy Holloway