Tyler mom accused in connection to 2-year-old's broken femur pleads guilty

Tyler mom accused in connection to 2-year-old's broken femur pleads guilty

A Tyler mother accused in connection with the broken femur of her 2-year-old son pleaded guilty in a Smith County courtroom.

Kiara Beauford, 24, pleaded guilty to a third-degree injury to a child charge in Judge Kerry Russell's court on August 2, 2018.

Beauford was arrested and charged with third-degree injury of a child after an investigation into the broken femur of her two-year-old son.

According to the arrest affidavit, the investigation began when Smith County deputies were dispatched to a home on Rhones Quarter Road on March 13, concerning an injured child. It was reported a caretaker has said the child had a chair fall on him causing his leg to fracture.

During the investigation, it was determined the child's injury was from abuse. According to the affidavit, an investigator talked with the doctor who treated the child who said the injury was not consistent with the claim of a fallen chair and someone had caused it.

The affidavit included a part 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."

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The affidavit also stated that Beauford's phone was searched on March 14 and showed that Beauford called 911 an hour and 50 minutes after the assumed time of the injury. According to the affidavit, she called her husband 11 times, "in an attempt to determine what to do," before calling 911.

A warrant for Beauford's arrest was obtained on March 16. She was charged and booked into the Smith County jail under a $250,000 bond.

Beauford's sentencing is set for August 22.

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