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HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man has been charged in the death of a 6 year old girl who was killed after falling on his electric fence.
Marcos Gonzales was charged with criminal negligent homicide in the death of 6 year old Sierra Clark who was killed the day after Christmas. Her family lives next door to Gonzales.
Sierra's mother talked with us about the decision, and that tragic day.
"I got right to here and I could see her on the fence," said Sierra's mother, Brenda Slack. "I remember grabbing her off the fence and it popped me."
She said it seems like yesterday when her daughter was playing in the backyard, and fell on her neighbors electric fence.
"Neighbors need to be aware that kids do this," said Slack. "If they have an electric fence up, make it posted. Make it well known to the parent how exactly you have it hooked up."
Harrison County investigators said the rigged electric fence was charged with 20 amps which they said is far too powerfull. Now, Gonzales sits in jail, charged in Sierra's death.
"He doesn't deserve to be free, said Slack. "I can't get back what I lost," said Slack. "He will eventually get back what's he's losing. I'm just happy that something was done."
Randy Reeves is a Harrison County agriculture extension agent. He said that there are no ordinances or bans against electric fences. He also said the ampage from this particular homemade electric fence was uncalled for.
"That borderlines stupidity," said Reeves. "That's not safe at all. It's not been inspected by anybody, I'm assuming."
Despite her daughter's death, her mom still clings to Sierra's room.
"We've got pictures all over the house of her and her room is still the same as it was, and I make sure it's clean everyday," said Slack.
"He's already basically destroyed our life, and now we have to rebuild a life with a missing piece, right?"