ROCKDALE, Texas -- A Central Texas foster mom is in jail charged with murder in the death of a two-year-old girl under her care. Police say the woman's story doesn't match the young girl's injuries.
Officers arrested Sherill Small on Thursday, one day after Alexandria Hill died. Hill spent two days on life support at a Temple hospital. She had hemorrhaging in and around her brain and eyes.
Police say Alexandria was with Small when she was injured. Police in Rockdale, where Small lives, say she called 911 on Monday and told dispatchers that Alexandria had stopped breathing and wasn’t responsive.
Alex's father, Joshua Hill says he saw his daughter just days earlier. Hill lost custody last November for neglectful supervision. He says he was smoking pot one night while Alexandria was sleeping, but he says he never physically harmed his daughter. He was working to regain custody when he got the urgent call that Alex was in the hospital.
"They wouldn't tell me what condition she was in or what was wrong or what had happened. The only thing they would tell me is I needed to be there. When I got there, I found out that Alex was in a coma," explained Hill.
Alex had already spent several months in another foster home before being moved to Small's care. Authorities say another foster child who was also at Small's home was immediately removed from her care when Alex went to the hospital.
Police say Small's husband was not home at the time Alex was injured. An autopsy is currently underway. Small remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.