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Father of dead Sabine Co. toddler changes mind, believes wife may be guilty

Dequahna Taylor Dequahna Taylor
SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

By Jena Johnson - email

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The father of a Sabine County toddler who died in May said he believes his wife may have killed his daughter.

Dwight Stevenson's wife, Dequahna Taylor, was charged Wednesday with capital murder in the death of 22-month-old Detyreunna Price.

Price was brought to a Sabine County hospital with bite marks, burn marks, belt marks and severe head trauma. She died a few days later at a Houston hospital.

At first, Stevenson, was adamant about one thing: his wife's innocence.

"She told me it was an accident, that's what I believe," Stevenson said. "I don't think she would just hurt my baby like that." 

He demonstrated what he thought happened.

"She said she pushed it open like that right there and said she got on out and closed the door and seen my baby laying in front of the generator," Stevenson said.

Then a single photograph changed his mind.

"Things have changed," Stevenson said. "My mind has changed." 

A distraught Stevenson said authorities showed him a graphic picture of his daughter's injuries.

"I didn't want to look at any other pictures," Stevenson said. "It's taking me back all the way to when the day it happened."

Now, he feels deceived by his wife, the one person he says he trusted the most.  

"I'm more hurt than mad because I put all my trust in her," Stevenson said.

He's desperately seeking answers in Price's death. He says she was the light in his life.

"Of course I want justice for my daughter," Stevenson said. "That's my own flesh and blood. I wouldn't put anything before her, not even myself. So far as justice, yes, I want justice."

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