UPDATE: Police responded to several assault calls before girls' deaths

UPDATE: Police responded to several assault calls before girls' deaths

QUITMAN (KYTX) - Newly-released incident reports show that in the days leading up to -- and even on the day of -- the deaths of two Quitman toddlers, police responded to several assault calls at the apartment where they lived.

Sisters Gabriella Guerrero, 3, and Natalye Price, 1, died of blunt force injuries. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.

Neighbors at the Dogwood Villa Apartments where the girls lived say they're not at all surprised by the ruling.

Selma Bell, who considers herself another grandmother to the dozens of kids in the apartment complex, says that even before she knew the causes of death, she believed what happened to the girls was no accident.

"I already knew. Didn't nobody have to tell me," she said. "When I get a gut feeling, I'm not going to let it go. And I have a gut feeling, and I'm not letting this go. If I'm wrong I'll tell God, 'Please forgive me.' But I don't feel I'm wrong."

The girls' mother's boyfriend, 19-year-old Thomas Liles, is charged with tampering with evidence in the case for allegedly throwing something from the apartment into a dumpster outside the building.

What that was is still unclear.

And just days before the sisters' deaths, police were called to their apartment for an alleged assault.

An incident report shows Liles cut himself, but it says he didn't hit or threaten the girls or their mother, Daphne McDaniels.

Liles was kicked off the property when McDaniels told police she didn't want him around her kids and wanted him to leave.

Friday, on what would have been little Natalye's second birthday, two pink balloons and a cross could be seen tied to the railing outside the apartment where she and her sister were found dead.

"I'm hurting now, because this little girl should be here playing with balloons, getting gifts, hugs and kisses," Bell said. "Unfortunately she's never going to see that again -- her or her sister -- and it's not fair."

Police still aren't releasing many details about the case, but neighbors say they're convinced there's much more to the story than anyone knows, and they want to see justice served.

"When they set the trial dates, I'm going to be in that courtroom every day," Bell said. "I want to make sure they get the justice they deserve."

Liles is being held in the Wood County Jail.

His bond Thursday was raised from $25,000 to $50,000, because he was determined to be a flight risk.

As of now, he hasn't been charged with anything other than tampering with evidence -- a 3rd-degree felony.



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