The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

March 14, 2013

Not guilty plea entered in child death case

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A local woman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in connection with the death of her infant son, who allegedly was left unattended in a vehicle in December.

Sheryl Ann Jackson, 24, of Greenville, was arraigned during a hearing in the 196th District Court Wednesday on the indictment concerning the death of 6 month-old Tytus Hoskins.

Judge Steve Tittle accepted the plea and scheduled an interim hearing for April 17.

Jackson remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond and is alleged to have left Hoskins unattended in a vehicle for more than two hours on Dec. 1, 2012.

The indictment accused Jackson of “intentionally or knowingly committing or attempting to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life” — namely leaving Hoskins unattended in the vehicle for more than two hours — and/or “not informing doctors for two days that Tytus Hoskins had been left in the car unattended, that caused the death of Tytus Hoskins.”

The Greenville Police Department reported Tytus Hoskins began to succumb to exposure and the consequences of exposure on the day when the temperature rose to an unseasonably warm 81 degrees and indicated it was notified of the offense on Dec. 3, 2012, at which time it began an investigation along with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The boy’s father, Tyrone Hoskins, has told the Herald-Banner that he believes Jackson never intended to kill Tytus Hoskins, calling Jackson’s actions “a big mistake.”

The charge is a first degree felony, punishable by a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.