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CPS working to place child of man involved in Tyler Co. double homicide in permanent home

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Child Protective Services has announced the daughter of a Zavalla man killed along with his wife in a double-shooting in January is now having extended visitations with her paternal grandmother, with the goal of her being placed in her custody on a permanent basis.

The grandmother, Kelly Haggard, has been pursuing custody of the five-year-old daughter of Nathan Maddox since May. Her paternal grandfather, Jim Maddox, had been pursuing custody before that, but decided it was best for Haggard to have custody, as she has children already in her home.

Nathan Maddox, and his wife, Krystal, were killed in a Jan. 18 shooting incident after a supervised visit with the girl at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Colmesneil.

On March 11, Tyler County Sheriff's deputies arrested Paul Westfall, Letha Westfall, Kristen Westfall, and Cameron Westfall near the same church.

They are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and accused of working to together to commit the shooting.

CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said the agency has a goal of alternative relative conservatorship for Haggard. She said extended visits with Haggard have and will continue to occur, with permanent custody the ultimate goal.

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