East Texas baby dies, mother arrested

Author: Keristen Holmes, kholmes@ktbs.com

UPDATE: CENTER (KTBS) - Center Police Officers have arrested 29 year-old Shaketha Cartwright for the murder of 5 month old baby Keilly Hoyt. 

"She had fought for life so hard that she was a gift from God. That's the reason I give her the nickname Angel because she was an angel." Marilyn Fields is baby Keilly's grandmother. Her son, Keilly's dad, didn't want to speak on camera but says they can't believe that Keilly was taken from them so soon.

"We're very hurt, and I'm still very hurt. But I'm going to be there for Shakeitha because I just feel like something mentally broke her down." Fields says, she just spoke to baby Keilly's mother, 29 year old Shakeitha Cartwright, the day officers say baby Keilly was murdered. "Yesterday morning, Shakeitha called me and I could tell she was feeling kind of down. She called me and was trying to get in touch with my son to say that the baby was sick and wasn't hardly breathing and after that she called the ambulance."

Center police officers say first-responders worked to save baby Keilly before taking the infant to the hospital. There, doctors pronounced the 5 month old dead from multiple injuries. After interviewing family members, officers arrested Cartwright for the murder of baby Keilly. Fields says they don't know where to go from here. "It's hard on the family, I know it's been hard on my son and very hard on her because she was a good mother. I really don't know, only God knows."

Officers say they are upgrading the Shakeitha Cartwright's charge to capital murder due to the severity of the injuries to baby Keilly. The nature of those injuries from a preliminary autopsy and full autopsy findings are pending. Cartwright's bond has been set at $500,000.


UPDATE: Center Police Department:

CENTER (KYTX) - On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Center Police Department responded to a call at 1207 Shelbyville St. in reference to an unresponsive child. Ace EMS arrived on scene and transported the child to Shelby Regional Medical Center. Justice of the Peace Maxie Eaves pronounced the child deceased at approximately 10:15 a.m.

The child is identified as five month old Keilly Hoyt of Center, Texas. At approximately 11:10 p.m. the mother, 29-year-old Shakeitha Cartwright, was arrested and charged with murder.
Cartwright's bond has been set at $500,000.

Cartwright is currently in the Shelby County Jail.
The body has been sent to South West Institute of Forensics in Dallas and results are pending.

On January 17, 2013, the offense of murder has been upgraded to capital murder due to the severity of the injuries and the added information received regarding the autopsy results.

CENTER (KYTX) - A five- month-old baby dies after being taken to Shelby Regional Medical Center Wednesday.

Police said after interviewing the family, the mother, 29-year-old Shakeitha Cartwright of Center was arrested and charged with murder.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Three other children removed from Cartwright's home are in foster care.


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