SAN MARCOS, TX – A San Marcos court-at-law judge is facing the legal system after he allegedly endangered his infant son on July 8, 2021.
According to the Austin Police Department, the day before Judge Bill Squires was arrested in San Marcos, he was involved in a disturbance at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
APD officers were dispatched to the airport after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee contacted authorities about a disturbance between the judge and his wife while they vacationed in Mexico.
When Mrs. Squires spoke with officers, she stated the couple had constantly argued throughout the week and that her husband spent their vacation “drinking and smoking marijuana” while being verbally abusive toward her.
The judge then allegedly threatened to take their baby back to the United States and leave her behind.
As the family prepared to return home, Judge Squires allegedly hid his wife's plane ticket and keys. He would eventually return the items.
Mrs. Squires stated the fights had not become physical but wanted to have the disturbance documented.
When the judge was interviewed by police, he denied the allegations and claimed his wife was lying but agreed to drive back home in a separate vehicle.
The next day officers with the San Marcos Police Department were called to the Squires' home for reports of a disturbance.
When officers entered the home they found Mrs. Squires "clearly distressed and fearful" while carrying her 16-month-old son. The baby also appeared to be distressed.
Mrs. Squires told police the judge showed up at their home earlier and began banging on the door, demanding to be let in. She explained that she went to unlock the door while holding her child.
The judge then forced the door open, striking the baby on the head. According to officers, the baby had no obvious signs of injury.
Judge Squires was gone from the home by the time officers arrived at the scene, but was later stopped during a traffic stop.
When questioned by police, Judge Squires denied that he had forced the door open, stating the door "flew open" after his wife unlocked the door.
Officers noted the judge's breath "smelled heavily of alcohol" and his feet were unsteady. They also found multiple small bottles of liquor on the judge.
Squires was arrested and charged with child injury charges. He was released after posting a $6,000 bond.