The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

April 16, 2013

Bond reduction denied in infant murder case

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A state district judge has denied a bond reduction for a local woman, charged with murder in connection with the death of her infant son.

Sheryl Ann Jackson, 24, of Greenville, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder involving the death of 6 month-old Tytus Hoskins and had filed a writ of habeas corpus, seeking a bond reduction in the case.

Following a Monday morning hearing in the 196th District Court, District Judge Steve Tittle denied a reduction in Jackson’s bond, and set an interim hearing for May 13.

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.