UPDATE: An East Texas mother's bond is now set at $2 million dollars. Stacie Marie Parsons was arraigned in the Henderson Co. jail this morning. She is charged with the capital murder of her 4 year old daughter.
ATHENS (KYTX) - An Athens family is mourning after a four year old girl's life was cut short. What makes the death more painful for the family, the girls mother told police she did it.
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to the child's family. The child's father says, for years, it's been the norm for the mother to lash out in anger. The mother is said to have been verbally abusive, never physically abusive. So when the father threatened to leave, his biggest fear, she would simply get angry again. He said that was a fatal mistake.
This little girl's smiling face will never be seen alive again. For her dad Gary Wyatt Junior, it's devastating
"She took my kid."
Four-year-old Victoria Wyatt's shoes and toys sit in a room never to be used again.
"Luckily the police got her before I did," said the child's grandfather Gary Wyatt.
With tears in his eyes, Wyatt senior asked, "Who would kill their baby, who would kill their baby?"
The child's mother Stacie Parsons was arrested and booked into the Henderson County jail when she told police she had killed Victoria at one location, before bringing the body back to the family home.
"Something told me to open the trunk and there she was in a plastic bag... And I saw her little leg hanging out of that plastic bag," said family friend Randy Dyess.
Investigators haven't released an exact cause of death, however, the family says, when Parsons returned without Victoria, they knew something wasn't right.
Dyess said, "What kind of evil does that, I hope she gets the death penalty."
The men said, when they pulled the child's body from the trunk and attempted CPR, water came out, indicating to them she may have been drown.
"That's my only daughter," said Wyatt Jr.
He said the night before he told Parsons he wanted a divorce. Just weeks before that he'd gotten an inkling of what was to come.
"She actually told me if I leave... she was gonna kill the baby... That's just angry talk, I never thought for a second she' d actually do it," he said.
While this family tries to understand why, investigators will be working. For now, life is sure to be a lot different for this grieving family.
"It's gonna be awful, I'm gonna wake up in the house alone."
The father says the girl was supposed to enroll in pre-school Monday, so when he woke up and the mother and child were gone, he thought they had just gone without him.
HENDERSON CO. (KYTX) – A Henderson County woman is jailed and charged with Capital Murder after she walked into the Athens Police Department Monday telling officers she killed her 4-year-old daughter.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt tells CBS 19, that 25-year-old Stacie Marie Parsons is jailed without bond.
Sheriff Nutt says officers went to Parsons home at 413 Martin Luther King in Athens, and found Victoria Wyatt dead.
Victoria had trauma to her head and chest. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
Sheriff Nutt added the actual murder took place on a bridge on County Rd. 1500 in Henderson County.
More details are expected to be released as the story develops.