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Mother charged in connection with shooting death of Polk County toddler

Anna Marie Todd, 21
Anna Marie Todd, 21(Polk County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 11:25 PM CDT
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POLK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The mother of a 16-month-old who died from a gunshot wound on Aug. 4, 2020, turned herself in to authorities Monday.

On Aug. 4, 2020 detectives were called to a home in the Wild County Subdivision, due to a 16-month-old child receiving a gunshot wound to the chest. The detective’s investigation determined that a firearm was left on a table next to the bed where the family was sleeping. The father of the child left for work leaving the mother, Anna Todd, watching over the children. An older child picked up the firearm discharging the weapon one time into the victim who was lying on the bed.

The child was transported to Memorial Herman Hospital arriving at 10:30 a.m. and pronounced deceased at 10:35 a.m. An autopsy of the child, along with the medical examiner’s findings, evidence discovered at the scene, and witness statements obtained, resulted in an arrest warrant being issued.

Anna Marie Todd, 21, was charged for the offense of Injury to a Child W/ Intent Serious Bodily Injury, a 1st Degree Felony, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Todd was booked into the Polk County Jail and released the following day on a $50,000 bond.

Sheriff Byron Lyons wishes to express to the public the importance of firearm safety and allowing child access to unsecured firearms inside your home. If any citizen wishes to receive professional awareness to firearm safety Sheriff Lyons asks that you contact his office at 936-327-6810.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released a full statement on Wednesday evening:

Sheriff Byron Lyons reports that Detectives have made an arrest in the death investigation of a 16 month old child that died on August 4, 2020 at the family’s home located in Wild County Subdivision. 21 year old Anna Marie Todd and mother of the child victim was arrested March 15, 2021 after turning herself in to authorities on a warrant obtained from the court of JP 1 Darrell Longino for the offense of Injury to a Child W/ Intent Serious Bodily Injury 1ST Degree Felony.

Back on August 4th, Sheriff’s Office Detectives were called to the family home due to the 16 month old receiving a gunshot wound to the chest area. It was determined through Detective’s investigations that a firearm was left on a table next to the bed where the family was sleeping. The father of the child left for work with Anna Todd overseeing the children. An older child picked up the firearm discharging the weapon one time into the victim who was lying on the bed.

The child victim was transported to Memorial Herman Hospital arriving at 10:30 am and pronounced deceased at 10:35 am. An autopsy of the child was conducted at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences which along with the medical examiners findings, evidence discovered at the scene and witness statements obtained the case was presented to the Polk County District Attorney’s office which resulted in the arrest warrant being issued.

Anna Todd was booked into the Polk County Jail where she was released the following day on a $50,000 bond.

Sheriff Lyons wishes to express to the public the importance of firearm safety and allowing child access to unsecured firearms inside your home. If any citizen wishes to receive professional awareness to firearm safety Sheriff Lyons ask that you contact his office at 936-327-6810.

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