Local residents raise funds for funeral for children found dead in home

Area residents have created a makeshift memorial of stuffed animals and flowers outside the home where the 2 children were found dead. Neighbors have planned a fundraiser to help with funeral expenses. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

TEMPLE. Texas (KWTX) Neighbors are planning a fundraiser to help pay for a funeral for two young Temple children who were found dead in their home along with a catatonic woman and two older girls.

Officers found 2-year-old Teric Boyd and 1-year-old Janai Boyd dead in a home on Sept. 30 at West Avenue P and South 35th Street, along with a woman who was conscious, but unresponsive and the two girls, ages 4 and 6, who were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed that it’s conducting a joint investigation with Temple police.

No information about the cause or circumstances of the children’s deaths has been released

Christina Duran lives a few houses down from the home where the children were found and she and other neighbors have planned a benefit block party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the 1400 block of South 35th Street.

“We’ve gotten donations from a company called Slice of Heaven in Holland Texas. It's an educational farm for families to bring their kids out and be around animals and they teach them and they donated to family passes,” Duran said.

She says other local businesses including CiCis pizza, Rent-A-Center and Comic Con are contributing to the event, as well.

The Scott Elementary School PTO is donating a basket of toys and Aware Central Texas will have a table set up, too.

Organizers plan to sell enchilada plates for $8 and are still seeking to-go boxes to use at the event.

“This also is just another way another step in our grieving knowing that we’re doing something now positive from something that was so horrific,” Duran said.

Proceeds will go directly to Branford Dawson Funeral Home in Temple, which Duran says, is arranging services for the two children.

The funeral home’s website Thursday night showed a pending service for Teric Boyd, but did not list Janai Boyd.

The site shows Teric's age as 3, rather than 2.

The children were found dead after Salvation Army employees, who were working with the family, went to the home on Sept. 30 to do a welfare check, got no response and then called police

Officers responded just before 11:40 a.m. and made entry into the house.

The children appeared to have been dead for some time, police said.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Scott & White Medical Center.

She appeared to be in a catatonic state, an officer said.

Neighbors on Thursday said she has not returned to the home.

Police obtained a search warrant and then re-entered the home late in the afternoon on Sept. 30.

They have not released information on what, if anything, they found.

Area residents have created a makeshift memorial of stuffed animals and flowers outside the home.