An infamous alleged Texas child molester, who ran a “miniature train station and track” from his home, was killed by a fellow inmate in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Clinton Don Simpson, 76, of Keller, allegedly molested at least 12 children, including 11 girls and a boy, at his place of business, “Mr. Don’s Whistle Shop.” He was indicted for the reported crimes in 2007.
Authorities allege that 42-year-old David Faustino Flores, who was serving time after being accused of “assaulting in elderly man,” assaulted Simpson at about 2:20 a.m. at the Tarrant County Jail, officials told the newspaper.
Simpson reportedly succumbed to injuries that included blunt force trauma to his head, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website states. His time of death, which authorities deemed a homicide, is listed as 3:09 a.m.
In October 2007, police said Simpson turned himself in after multiple parents of preschool-aged tots called 911, believing their children were perhaps inappropriately touched by the suspect at the makeshift train station of his backyard. Other alleged victims later reportedly came forward, and he subsequently faced multiple charges, including 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Simpson was previously held “for years” in state-run medical facilities after being deemed unfit to stand trial on the child abuse charges. He was then transferred back to the jail in July.
“He was recently found competent and returned,” Sam Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office stated in an email to the Star Telegram on Thursday.
Flores had been serving time at the jail since October 8 on charges of “injury to the elderly,” after allegedly “striking an elderly man with his hand on October 7,” according to court records obtained by the newspaper. He is being held behind bars without bail.
[Feature Photo: Clinton Simpson & David Flores/Tarrant County Jail]