Local couple indicted after officer finds lice-infested children

Ryan Niswonger and Daniela Niswonger. (Jail photos)

MOODY, Texas (KWTX) A Moody man and his wife were named in multi-count indictments Wednesday after a Moody officer who responded in September to a report of an overdose found four girls, some with severe lice infestations, in a home so filled with lice police were not immediately able to enter it.

Ryan Niswonger, 37, and his wife Daniela Niswonger, 40, both remain in the McLennan County Jail.

Ryan Niswonger was named in an indictment Wednesday charging four counts of injury to a child, four counts of injury to a child by omission, four counts of endangering a child, and assault/family violence with a prior.

He’s held in lieu of bonds totaling $380,000.

His wife was indicted on four counts of injury to a child, four counts of injury to a child by omission and four counts of endangering a child.

She’s held in lieu of bonds totaling $340,000.

Four girls, ages 4, 6, 8, and 14, were removed from the couple’s home after a Moody officer responded at around 4:45 p.m. Sept. 22 to the residence at 307 4th St. to a report that Daniela Niswonger had overdosed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

“Three of the juveniles had to have their hair shaved due to the severity of the lice and be treated before going anywhere,” the affidavit says, and the fourth girl's hair was partially shaved “to get rid of the lice.”

The four girls were taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

Two were found to have infections from the lice, the affidavit says.

The three younger girls were placed in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services.

The teenage girl was placed in the care of a distant relative, police said.