Bail set at $250K for suspect in Sabine Co. baby death

Bail set at $250K for suspect in Sabine Co. baby death
Sophia Candanose (Source:
Sophia Candanose (Source:

SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Sabine County justice of the peace set bail at $250,000 for the Hemphill man who was arrested and charged with murder for the death of a 5-month-old girl.

Matthew Hudson was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree felony murder. He is still being held in the Sabine County Jail.

According to Chief Deputy George Griffith of the Sabine Co. Sheriff's Office, Sophia Candanosa's death was caused by some type of head trauma. The unresponsive baby girl was rushed to a nearby hospital on Friday and was later air lifted to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Less than 48 hours later, Sophia had died as a result of her injuries.

Griffith said Hudson is the boyfriend of the child's mother. According to the sheriff's office, Hudson had been taking care of Sophia while the mother was at work.

An investigation into the baby's death resulted in the Sabine County Sheriff's Office led authorities to seek and obtain an arrest warrant for first-degree felony murder. Griffith said the investigation revealed that Hudson was reckless.

However, Griffith said if the ongoing investigation determines that Hudson intentionally harmed Sophia, the charge will be upgraded to capital murder.

Shari Pulliam, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said that CPS will be investigating the case alongside law enforcement officials. She said whether or not Sophia's sibling will be placed in another home depends on the outcome of the investigation.

There is no CPS history regarding the baby girl, Pulliam said.

A Gofundme page has been set up to help with the family's burial expenses. To donate, visit this link.

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