Grand jury issues no-bill in baby-left-in-car case

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has issued a no-bill in the case of a three-month-old baby who was left in a car in August while her father went to work.

According to a police investigation, Christopher W. Stanaland, 27, left his home Tuesday morning and dropped his son off at school before arriving to work at Story-Wright Printing & Office Supply, located at 222 Shepherd Ave. at 8:30 a.m.
The report states Stanaland did not realize he had forgotten to drop off his daughter, Isabella Marie Stanaland at daycare. Stanaland returned to his vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Armada, and found his daughter in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle, strapped in her child safety seat.
Stanaland removed his daughter from the vehicle and a co-worker called 911, the report stated.
Lufkin Fire and EMS found that Isabella was dead when they arrived.
The grand jury reviewed the case Tuesday and enough of the panel voted against filing criminal charges, resulting in a no-bill.
"It is a horrific tragedy and I don't think anyone intended for the baby to be hurt at all," District Attorney Clyde Herrington said. "I hope this will make our whole community mindful of children being left in cars, whether it's hot or cold. It's total absolute disaster, but I hope it will make everyone watchful."
The grand jury handed up 29 indictments Tuesday, including two counts each for aggravated assault for two Corrigan men. According to a previous report, Omar Williams, 38, and Amos Flournoy, 17, allegedly shot Dextravion Robertson and Otis Daniels in the 1700 block of North First Street.

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