Murder charged in death of two-year-old

Foster mother arrested

Sherill SmallSherill Small

  A two-year-old Rockdale girl has died from injuries police believe she sustained at the hands of her foster mother.

   Alexandria Hill was pronounced dead Wednesday at Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple after she was taken off live support.

  A warrant for Sherill Small, 54, was issued and she was arrested Thursday—charged with murder.  Her bond was set by Judge Jerry Waggoner at $100,000.

  Rockdale Police  Lt. J.D. Newlin said officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 7:06 p.m. July 29 for a two-year-old child who was not breathing and was unresponsive.

  RPD, AMR an ambulance crew and firefighters were dispatched to the residence and CPR was performed on Hill.  She was transported to Richards Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Temple.

  "Once at Scott & White, it was determined that Hill had subdural hemorrhaging, subarachnoid hemorrhaging and retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes. She was then placed on life support," Newlin said.

  An investigation by Newlin, Ofc. Brandon Tess and Sgt. Stephen Goodrich was launched.  Due to inconsistencies in the suspect’s story and with the injuries found by doctors, Small was interviewed and later charged with the toddler’s murder, according to Newlin

   Hill was placed into the foster care of Clemon and Sherill Small by Texas Children’s Protective Services and the Mentor Texas Program in January of this year, Newlin said.

   An autopsy is being performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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