Deputies charge Lufkin man in child death; called 'worst case' of child abuse

Kerry Woodard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Kerry Woodard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has charged a Lufkin man in the death of his girlfriend's three-year-old son, in what investigators are calling a horrible child abuse case.

Kerry Jock Woodard, 26, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a charge of capital murder on Wednesday, where he is being held without bond.

Lt. Pete Cooper said the death occurred "some time back" when Woodard was taking care of the boy, Zikeishun Lane. Since that time, investigators had to do a thorough investigation of the case, and waited for the results of an autopsy before obtaining a warrant for Woodard's arrest.

According to Cooper, Investigators Mark McLin and Davy Hill have been working on the case for more than a year.

Woodard was watching the child while the mother while she was working.

Cooper said the child suffered multiple injuries, including a lacerated liver, contusion on the lung, hemorrhages in the eyes and spinal cord, subdural hematomas of the brain and more than 100 documented contusions and abrasions on the head, torso, legs and arms.

The child was originally treated for the injuries at a Lufkin hospital last December, and he later died at a Houston hospital.

"The multiple injuries of the child," Cooper said. "I mean this child, from looking at the pictures of course, it's just really, really unbelievable that someone could do a child this way. This is one of the worst cases of child abuse I've seen in 23 years with the sheriff's department. It is terrible."

"We knew where he was and had been watching him and as soon as we got everything lined up to make the arrest, we did a vehicle stop and got him."

Investigators waited on the results of the child's autopsy before obtaining a capital murder warrant for Woodard's arrest.

"Our hearts go out to the families involved in this case," Cooper said. "It was a terrible, terrible thing to happen to a young person like this."

If Woodard is convicted of killing the child, he could be forced to pay for the crime with his own life.

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