Yoakum police investigating child's death

Yoakum police are investigating the death of a child who was found unattended at the child's mother's home on Sunday.

Yoakum police are investigating the death of a child about two years old who was found unattended at her mother’s home on Sunday.

At 3:51 p.m., police were dispatched to the mother’s home, 512 W. Gonzales St. in Yoakum, where they found the child dead, said Police Chief Karl Van Slooten.

“The child was left unattended,” he said.

Van Slooten declined to give additional information about the death, saying he needed to protect his office’s ongoing investigation.

Police arrested Cheyenne King, 24, charging her with child abandonment or endangerment causing death, Van Slooten said.

Arraigned on Sunday, King had been released from the Lavaca County Jail as of Tuesday on a personal recognizance bond, a jail official said.

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy ordered by Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Hallie Hall to determine how to proceed with their investigation, Van Slooten said.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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