$3M bond set for suspect charged in Central Texas toddler’s death

Shawn Vincent Boniello is charged with capital murder in the toddler's death. (Jail photo)

CAMERON, Texas (KWTX) The bond set for a suspect charged with capital murder in the death of a 20-month-old Rockdale girl has been increased from $750,000 to $3 million, Milam County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Shawn Vincent Boniello, who’s also known as Shayla Angeline Boniello, 30, remains in the Milam County Jail.

Boniello identifies as a transgender woman, according to Rockdale police.

Boniello is charged in the Dec. 3, 2018 death of Patricia Ann Rader.

Officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to the girl’s home at around 5:45 p.m. Dec. 3 after receiving a report of an unresponsive child.

Paramedics performed CPR at the scene, but were unable to revive the girl.

Boniello was arrested that night and was initially charged with child abandonment/endangerment, but on Dec. 4, 2018 was also named in a complaint charging capital murder.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

A trial date has not been set.

State District Judge John Youngblood raised the bond on Friday.