TEXARKANA, Texas (KWTX) Police searched Monday for the body of a 5-week-old boy they thought might have been buried outside an apartment complex in Texarkana in a case linked to the discovery of two dead children in September in a home in Temple, but they found no remains.
We didn’t find anything,” Texarkana police spokesman Shawn Vaughn said Monday evening.
“Hopefully, that means that there was never anything to the story. Unless we get some more information later that will allow us to further narrow the search, there’s not much more that we can do on this,” he said.
Two-year-old Terric Boyd and 1-year-old Janea Boyd were found dead in the home on Sept. 30 at West Avenue P and South 35th Street, along with a woman identified as their mother, Terrikah Haynes, 36, who was conscious, but unresponsive and two girls, ages 4 and 6, who were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Haynes was arrested on Oct. 16 and remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $300,000 charged with two counts of child endangerment, according to online records.
“During the course of that investigation, detectives there learned that another one of her children may have died in Texarkana and was buried behind the apartment building,” Texarkana police said in a Facebook post Monday.
“We were able to narrow our search to this area with the help of cadaver dogs and a ground penetrating sonar unit provided by EquuSearch,” police said.
“We’ve not found anything yet and, quite honestly, hope this story was all made up and didn’t really happen. But, if it did, we are doing everything possible to do right by this little boy.”
A Texarkana detective went to Temple to interview Haynes and the children’s father, police spokesman Vaughn said Monday.
Haynes lived in the complex at one time, Vaughn said, and the search is focused directly outside of what was her apartment.
The two Temple children were found dead after Salvation Army employees, who were working with the family, went to the home at around 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30 to do a welfare check, got no response and then called police.
The two officers who answered the call discovered that “the safety bolts were locked from inside the house” and got no response when they knocked at both the front and rear doors, the affidavit says.
One officer looked into a bedroom window “and smelled the odor of decay,” the affidavit says.
The officers found another bedroom window whose glass “had been broken out from the inside,” and when they removed the screen and shade found “a very young child” who “appeared very frightened and was on the ground by an adult female who was on the floor.”
One officer entered the house through the window and moved the two young girls “to a safe distance” and then checked on the woman, identified as Haynes.
She “was conscious, would not speak and her pupils appeared dilated,” the affidavit says.
Officers found the two younger children dead.
The two girls, who were taken to McLane Children’s Hospital, were “wearing clothing that had the odor of decay and trash and….appeared hungry and thirsty.”
The two children “described living on ‘fruit snacks,’” the affidavit says.
The children appeared to have been dead for some time, police said.
Haynes was taken to Scott & White Medical Center.
She appeared to be in a catatonic state, an officer said earlier.