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Affidavit shows Woodville mom denied abusing toddler

Suzanna Harwell mug shot courtesy of Tyler County Jail. Suzanna Harwell mug shot courtesy of Tyler County Jail.
WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) -

WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - A Woodville woman admitted to accidentally dropping her toddler son and hitting his head against objects, but she did not admit to ever intentionally harming him, an arrest affidavit states.

Suzanna Harwell was arrested on a capital murder warrant following the death of her seven-month-old son.

According to the affidavit, which KTRE acquired through an Open Records Request, Harwell named instances of her son, Tyler Goebel, falling out of a stroller, off a couch, hitting his head against a bar on a car seat and being dropped. The affidavit noted she was inconsistent with her statements, bringing up separate incidents in two interviews.

A doctor ruled the toddler's death to have come from adult abuse, and the autopsy confirmed the ruling.

The investigator concluded that the death was the result of abuse, with Harwell the only adult present at the time he became sick. The affidavit states the investigator told Harwell that the injuries were not consistent with the instances she told the investigator about.

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