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March 7, 2013

Father: Woman did not intend to kill son

GREENVILLE — The father of an infant boy, who died after being left unattended in a vehicle in December, is defending the mother charged with murder in the child’s death.

Tyrone Hoskins said Sheryl Ann Jackson never intended to kill six-month-old Tytus Hoskins.

“They are making it look like it was intentional, but it wasn’t,” Hoskins said.

Jackson, 24, of Greenville remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, indicted on one count of murder while committing a felony offense in connection with the death of Tytus Hoskins.

An arraignment hearing concerning the indictment had not been scheduled in the 196th District Court as of Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson is alleged to have left Tytus Hoskins unattended in a vehicle for more than two hours on Dec. 1, 2012, according to the indictment issued last month by the Hunt County grand jury.

The indictment, which was issued sealed pending Jackson’s arrest, 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.

Jackson retrieved the child and sought medical attention, allegedly telling emergency personnel the child felt hot, but not informing them Hoskins had been left inside the vehicle.

The boy was transported to the Hunt Regional Medical Center and then later by air ambulance to a Dallas hospital where he died.

“It was one or two days after that when she told the doctors,” Tyrone Hoskins told the Herald-Banner. “She got scared and she didn’t tell them. It was a big mistake, but it wasn’t intentional.”

The Greenville Police Department indicated it was notified of the offense on Dec. 3, 2012 and began an investigation along with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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.

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