Tyler mom accused in connection with 2-year-old’s broken femur

Tyler mom accused in connection with 2-year-old’s broken femur
Kiara Seanneyse Beauford (Source: Smith County judicial records)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Deputies with the Smith County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Tyler woman accused in connection with the broken femur of her 2-year-old son.

Kiara Seanneyse Beauford, 24, is charged with third-degree injury to a child. She was arrested on the charge Friday and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

An arrest affidavit released Tuesday states the child has a history of injuries, including rib fractures, humerus fractures, scars and marks on both ears, looping scars and marks on his back (which indicate being hit with a cord, belt or linear object), potential liver and pancreas damage and marks, bruising, scarring, scratches all over his torso, face and body.

The affidavit states deputies were dispatched to a home on Rhones Quarter Road on March 13, concerning an injured child. A caretaker at the location said the child had a chair fall on him, which caused his leg to fracture.

While there, deputies spoke to Beauford and the child's father. The father said he was at work when Beauford called him and said the child had been injured. She said she was cleaning the house and had set up a bar stool on a counter so she could sweep. She said the child was sitting on the floor behind her and she accidentally knocked the stool off the counter and it landed on the child's leg, according to the affidavit.

The child was then taken to a Tyler hospital and then transferred to a Dallas hospital, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states the child was a victim of injury in December of 2016 when he broke his arm. Tyler police investigated then, but could not identify a victim, according to the affidavit. The affidavit states an investigator questioned Beauford about the injuries and she became "incredibly defensive" and said the investigator was "just looking for stuff." The explanation for the injuries was the child had rolled off the bed, but a doctor said the injury was not consistent with the claim and more likely a "violent twisting and pulling or twisting and pushing injury."

On March 13, an investigator went to the Dallas hospital and spoke to the doctor who treated the child. The doctor told the investigator about the child's history of injuries and said the broken femur was not consistent with the claim of a falling bar stool. The doctor said the injuries are from abuse and someone was causing them, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states Beauford's cellphone was searched on March 14 and it shows that around the time the child was injured, there were 11 calls between Beauford and her husband, then she called 911.

"The phone record seems to reflect Kiara was rapidly calling" her husband after the child "was injured in an attempt to determine what to do," the affidavit states. Beauford called 911 an hour and 50 minutes after trying to talk to her husband about the injury, the affidavit states.

The affidavit shows parts of the doctor's statement: "In my medical opinion, this child is a battered child. He is a victim of ongoing physical abuse. If allowed to return to the current environment, there is a high risk of permanent injury or death."

The investigator obtained a warrant for Beauford's arrest on March 16.

CPS has taken temporary custody of three children, one male, and two female, according to a spokesperson of the Department of Protective Services.

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