Local Foster Mother Charged In Death Of 2-Year-Old

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Central Texas foster mother was jailed Thursday, charged with murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was placed in her home in January.

Sherill Small (Jail photo)

ROCKDALE (August 1, 2013)--A Rockdale woman was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old foster child who was placed in her home in January.

Sherill Small, 54, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond on the murder charge, Milam County Jail records showed Thursday.

Bell County Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced Alexandria Hill, 2, dead at Scott & White's McLane Children's Hospital on Wednesday after she was taken off life support.

Barfield has ordered an autopsy.

Officers were sent to Small’s home at around 7 p.m. Monday in response to a report that the girl was unresponsive and not breathing.

The child was taken first to Richards Memorial Hospital's emergency room and then was flown to Scott & White.

Rockdale police said Small was the lone caregiver at the time of the child's injury and said the explanation she offered was inconsistent with what doctors found, police said.

Texas Child Protective Services and the Mentor Texas Program placed the toddler with Small and her husband Clemon in January, police said.

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