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Texas mother indicted for capital murder in connection with toddler's March death

A Mauriceville mother faces three separate charges in the death of Raydyn Jones.

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — An Orange County grand jury has indicted a mother on a capital murder charge in connection with the suffocation death of her son in March.

Prosecutors claim Raychyl Philmon of Mauriceville endangered her son, Raydyn Jones, by allowing him to have access to methamphetamine. 

12News obtained the preliminary autopsy report in May. The report said the preliminary cause of death was “manual suffocation in a setting of child abuse.” That report said the preliminary manner of death was homicide.

The 18-month-old child died on March 18, 2019 and would've turned two years old on Tuesday. 

On August 28, an Orange County grand jury indicted Philmon on three charges, including capital murder, endangering a child and a felony possession of a controlled substance in connection with her child's death.  

12News spoke with the child's father in May, before anyone had been charged. 

“It just hurts,” Casey Jones told 12News two months after the death of Raydyn.

Sheriff’s office investigators originally called Philmon a person of interest. 

12News obtained the grand jury's indictment of Philmon. Prosecutors allege the child had methamphetamine in his system, and that he was not 'voluntarily' taken to a hospital. 

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Philmon is being held with no bond on the capital murder charge. 

A spokesperson with Child Protective Services previously told 12News a child had been removed from Raychyl Philmon’s custody in the past.  Family members said that child was Raydyn’s older brother.

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Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office

12News spoke with Nicole Pearson and Amber Brunnabend on Tuesday, who both lived near Philmon at the time of Jones' death.

"It's finally about time and she's getting everything she deserves," said Pearson. "She deserves what she's getting and she deserves to never get out of that jail, that baby finally got his justice."

Brunnabend added "I'm happy, it was traumatic for everybody here."

Both of them have kids and said they couldn't fathom putting their children in harms way. 

Brunnabend said "If she needed anything for that baby or needed anybody to watch that baby, anybody here would've gladly helped her."   

"She had all the help she needed, but wouldn't accept it," said Pearson.

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Sadly, 12News has learned that Casey Jones, 35, died on Monday in a motorcycle accident.