Deputy Thomas Gilliland of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Laquita Lewis texted family members Sunday evening, telling them she had hurt her child. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
Investigators said the mother was in a vehicle accident and rushed to a hospital around 6 p.m. The victim was found laying on the floor in the master bedroom, and she was dead.
Lewis’ family members said they knew something was wrong when they received frightening text messages from her, indicating she was in the hospital after a auto wreck. While she was being transported to the hospital, she texted family members that she had done “something bad” to her daughter, according to authorities.
“It’s a terrible situation”, Deputy Thomas Gill of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper. Investigators are interviewing her, and she has been charged with capital murder. That is when concerned family members called authorities, who arrived at the apartment complex to do a welfare check on the little girl.
“There’s not enough words to describe the frightful death of this child”, said Gilliland.
Investigators aren’t sure why Lewis allegedly killed her daughter, although it’s believed she had a domestic dispute earlier in the day with her boyfriend.
The DA’s office says that as part of her probation requirements, she was required to take a Texas Risk Assessment System evaluation, which ranked her with a score of zero (the lowest score) for her risk for recidivism.