Woman charged in child's death makes appearance in Nacogdoches court

Joy Yates mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Joy Yates mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The woman charged in the death of her three-year-old daughter appeared in court Wednesday in her first district court hearing since being indicted by a grand jury.

Judge Campbell Cox ordered Joy Faye Yates, 24, of Mt. Enterprise, to give up her passport and set the next pre-trial hearing for Nov. 3.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested Yates on an injury to a child charge when they learned she had acquired the passport, speculating that she was trying to leave the country before an indictment was handed down against her.

"There's just no justice," Yates said as she was being led out of the courtroom. She also said she "misses her baby."

Yates was previously cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of her daughter, Kaylen Broumley. Her then-boyfriend, Anthony Roberts, 38, of Laneville, was charged last year with capital murder.

Roberts pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of injury to a child in July and agreed to a 12-year prison sentence.

The State Attorney General's Office is handling the prosecution, due to a conflict between Nacogdoches County District Attorney Nicole LoStracco and people surrounding the case when LoStracco was in private practice.

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