A constable says his deputy did was she was trained to do by summoning Dallas police and not chasing a car that a frantic woman claimed was carrying her two sons.
The boys, ages 5 and 3, were found drowned Monday after police spent hours searching for their father. Naim Muhammad of Dallas is jailed on two capital murder counts.
Precinct 1 Constable Derick Evans told The Dallas Morning News that the mother told the deputy she feared her boyfriend would kill the children.
Evans says the deputy, whose name wasn't released, was at a gas station when the hysterical woman approached. Evans said Tuesday that the deputy did not witness any crime.
The patrol car has no emergency lights or sirens. Constables are mainly process servers in civil cases.