A mother has been arrested in the death of her 2-year-old daughter just days after the child's stepfather was taken into custody in the same case.
Jennifer Lynn Poole was taken into custody Thursday based on evidence discovered after the death of her daughter Daisy.
Deputies were called to the 200 block of West Elm Street in Winnie Sunday where a child was unresponsive. The child's step-father had left the scene before deputies arrived. The child, identified as Daisy Poole, 2, died after she was taken to the Winnie Community Hospital.
An investigation revealed signs of previous abuse. Deputies found and interviewed the step-father, identified as Kristopher James Redd, 23. He was then charged with Capital Murder. His bond has been set at $1 million.
A news release issued by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office says a preliminary autopsy of the child was completed Tuesday. The autopsy shows that the child had injuries in various stages of healing, both internally and externally.
The autopsy was used as evidence to arrest Poole Thursday morning. She has been charged with injury to a child by omission. The charge is a first-degree felony.
Gwen Carter with the Texas Department of Family Protective Services told 12News that Daisy's sister, a 7-year-old, remains hospitalized. Carter could not tell 12News what injuries the 7-year-old has, or if they were the result of abuse. She did say they hope to have the child in a foster home by end of the week.
Darrell Redd, father of Kristopher Redd, spoke with 12News Thursday.
He said he did not know of any abuse happening. He spoke of incidents such as a day when he noticed a bruise on the baby's cheek. He said his son told him it was caused when a bottle was thrown to the baby and it hit her.
He also said that his son did not know the child's mother for very long, but said she did not seem concerned for the child's welfare.
"She mourned more for my son than she did (for) that baby. She really never shed a tear for that baby, but she did for my son," said Redd.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.