LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 29-year-old woman on a capital murder charge and filed the same charge on her boyfriend Thursday after the woman's 1-year-old son died at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital.
The autopsy on the 1-year-old boy ruled the cause of death to be "blunt force trauma to the abdomen consistent with continuous child abuse."
Keo'she Sade Holman, 29, of Huntington, and Angel Miguel Nunez, 26, of Lufkin, were each charged with capital murder - child under the age of 6. Nunez was also charged with first-degree felony injury to a child, Class C misdemeanor open container, and a Class C misdemeanor charge for no seat belt.
Although no bail amounts have been set for Holman yet, Nunez' collective bail amount was set at $250,522.
Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department, said that Legend Adams, Holman's 1-year-old son, was taken by ambulance to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital in Lufkin because he wasn't breathing, and he later died.
"He was previously treated at Texas Children's Hospital for a broken arm and severe sinus infection," Pebsworth said. "In the week that followed, sores appeared on his body that Holman claimed were the result of an Impetigo infection."
However, an autopsy was performed on Legend, and the medical examiner ruled that the cause of his death was "blunt force trauma to the abdomen consistent with continuous child abuse." The toddler's injuries included lacerations to his liver, pancreas, and stomach with various stages of healing noted, Pebsworth said.
"The medical examiner also conferred with detectives and concluded that the marks on Legend's body that Holman claimed to be Impetigo appeared to be consistent with cigarette or cigar burns," Pebsworth said.
Nunez was arrested on the injury to a child charge on May 1. After weeks of investigation, the Lufkin Police Department filed the additional capital murder charge on Nunez on Thursday.
Pebsworth said that Holman was arrested at a relative's house in Huntington Thursday without incident.