Mother of Lufkin man charged in child's death speaks out

Mary Woodard is Kerry Woodard's mother.
Mary Woodard is Kerry Woodard's mother.
Kerry Woodard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Kerry Woodard mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County investigators have called it one of the worst cases of child abuse they've ever seen.

A Lufkin man was arrested Thursday after investigators claim he beat a 3-year-old boy to death.

According to the sheriff's office, Kerry Woodard, 26, was supposed to be caring for his girlfriend's child in December 2010.   

Zikeishun Lane suffered more than 100 documented contusions and abrasions on his body, including a lacerated liver and hemorrhages in the eyes and spinal cord.

However, Woodard's mother says her son was in Nacogodches watching a football game, not watching the boy that December day.

"They need to look deeper in it and get the story right because this is my baby," Kerry Woodard's mother Mary Woodard said. "They're talking about death. They've got him in jail, in a cell by himself, like he's a killer, a baby killer and I'm tired of people judging him."

She claims her son never kept Lane and was not keeping him the day authorities say he was beat to death.

"My life is just, I just want to go somewhere and rot," Mary Woodard said. "That's the way I feel about this."

Woodard is being charged with capital murder because the child is under 6 years old.

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