American TV star and dancer Royce Reed is well known for her past relationship with famous basketball player Dwight Howard. As of now, Reed has been embroiled in a child neglect case involving her son, Braylon Howard, whom she shares with Dwight.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida charged Reed on March 10, 2022, with a third-degree felony of child neglect. But what exactly happened? As per court documents acquired by The Shade Room;

“Royce Reed’s young son has an alleged history of inappropriate sexual conduct with minors, that came to a head last year when he allegedly made the minor son of Royce’s boyfriend perform a sexual act while the two boys were at Royce’s home.”

And when investigators interviewed Braylon, he recalled his actions, saying he made the minor child [name withheld] “masturbate me because” he was angry at him. He also revealed that this type of incident had already happened two times.

“Elsewhere in the interview, Royce’s son said that ‘anger triggers him into acting out sexually,'” The Shade Room further added.

As a result, Reed is being held accountable for child neglect because a judge previously forbade Braylon to be allowed near children two or more years younger than him without adult supervision.

“Her son and the minor child had been together multiple times throughout the last year, despite him being required not to do so,” the report from The Shade Room stated.

Royce Reed addresses child neglect charge

Reed recently addressed turning herself in to the police on a felony child neglect charge. She claimed her now-viral mugshot was not the result of an arrest.

She stated on Instagram, “This is something I should not have to deal with or address. I was never arrested, and I had no choice but to surrender. Regarding the photo, I was terrified and cried like a baby. I don’t like that life, but I did it, and we’ll get through it.”

Likewise, the actress captioned the post, “I’m eager to resume doing comedy reels and TikTok, but first, I need to consult with my attorney, Andrea Black.”

Moreover, she took to Instagram to discuss Howard’s behavior toward his son. She wrote on Instagram about how Howard constantly ignores their son.

She said, “I raise him with love, not money.” Reed continued, explaining how Braylon was disappointed when Howard did not see him even when he was in town.

Braylon has a sour relationship with his father Dwight Howard

In the same interview conducted by Police, Braylon was asked when he last saw his father. And Braylon reportedly said the last time he saw him was “when he was in town for a basketball game, which was a while ago.”

Dwight Howard traveling with his son Braylon.

Dwight Howard traveling with his son Braylon. (Source: Twitter)

Braylon claimed he had spoken with his father since their fight. As of this writing, Dwight is yet to make any comment on this disturbing controversy involving his child.

Previously, Reed and Dwight have been in the spotlight as they fought over custody and child support. In 2014, it was reported that the basketball star had whipped his son with a belt, leaving him with bruises on his leg.

In 2020, Braylon again spoke against his father and mentioned Dwight had neglected him. He said, “As of right now, I hate you. And I’m not saying this because someone told me to. I actually hate you. You don’t talk to me at all. You don’t ever play with us.”

To those accusations, the basketball star replied, “I’ve never been that type of person. I lost one of my son’s mom…passed away earlier this year, and I was given the responsibility of having my son with me full-time. And he really has changed my life.”

“He was one of the biggest reasons why I was able to go out there and help this team win the championship. There’s no way I could be the person that people say I am,” he added.

Dwight also stated that he had not contacted his son to clear things up. He said, “It’s a lot of things that are going on, but it’s personal, and I’d rather keep that side out.” In the end, he publicly said that he loved Braylon.

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