Report confirms that Center baby was beaten to death

Shakeitha Cartwright (Source: Center Police Department)
Shakeitha Cartwright (Source: Center Police Department)
Keilly Ciana Cartwright
Keilly Ciana Cartwright

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A final autopsy report on 5-month-old Keilly Ciana Hoyt released to law enforcement authorities in Shelby County revealed that the baby girl's cause of death was "homicidal violence including blunt force and trauma."

Keilly's mother, Shakeitha Cartwright, 29, of Center, was indicted on a capital murder charge on Feb. 14 for the beating death of her 5-month-old daughter. Cartwright's next court appearance will be during a pre-trial hearing that is scheduled for May 24 in Shelby County's 123 Judicial District Court.

The autopsy was performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas by Dr. Reade Quinton. Quinton wrote in the Cause of Death Report, "Manner of death: Homicide."

Officers with the Center Police Department responded to a 911 call about an unresponsive child at a house in the 1200 block of Shelbyville Street on Jan. 16. Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at the house a short time later and took her to a Center hospital. A Shelby County justice of the peace pronounced Keilly dead at 10:15 a.m.

Center PD officers arrested Cartwright on a murder charge at 11:10 p.m. that evening. The charge was later upgraded to capital murder, and Cartwright's bail was set at $500,000.

Center Police have arrested a woman accused of beating her baby girl to death Wednesday morning.

"Yesterday a baby was found to be unresponsive. A 911 call was made and subsequent investigation revealed significant bodily injuries to the child and that's why it has been enhanced to capital murder," said Shelby County District Attorney Kenneth Florence said in a previous story.

Cartwright is being held on a $500,000 bail.

Florence said, based on the preliminary autopsy report, Keilly suffered numerous broken ribs, a broken back, a fractured skull, and other injuries. The preliminary report showed the baby had evidence of previous wounds that had healed, leading authorities to believe the baby had been beaten before.

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