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The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Mother says she doesn't understand arrest linked to child's death

CHAMBERS COUNTY-By: Leslie Rangel

The mother of a 2-year-old who died from what investigators say were various injuries from physical abuse, is in the Chambers County jail tonight.

Jennifer Poole's daughter, Daisy was pronounced dead on Sunday and the girls stepfather, 23-year-old Kristopher Redd was arrested and charged with capital murder.

KFDM News was at the jail when Poole was arrested, we have more on what the mother and investigators said today.

Chambers County deputies took 25-year-old Jennifer Poole into custody early Thursday morning.

"I don't understand," Poole told us while deputies walked her into the jail.

Investigators arrested Poole, shortly after she visited her fiance in jail. 

Kristopher Redd is charged with capital murder in Daisy's death.

Poole is charged with injury to a child by omission.

Investigators believe she knew her fiance was abusing her 2-year-old daughter.

"The autopsy revealed that there were numerous injuries internally and externally and as a result of this and the investigation, there was no way the mother was not aware what had taken place to this child," Chief Deputy, Gilbert Phillips says. 

Video we took Monday of Poole shows when she denies knowing the injuries were abuse related, she says any injuries to Daisy were the result of the toddler falling out of her bed or high chair.

"A sheriff said that that wasn't true and so I don't know anymore because I've never seen him do it and when they told me that he'd been abusing, I can't believe it because I've never seen them do what they said he did ever," Poole said Monday. 

Investigators disagree.

"Trust me when I tell you there is no way this woman knew this child had not been abused," Phillips says. 

Now, she's behind bars, accused of remaining silent when her children needed her most.

"It's a hard case to work because of the age, but what we're here for her and whatever it takes, we'll do it. We're here to speak for her because obviously her mother failed to do that," Phillips said. 

Child protective services has taken custody of Daisy's sister. She's in a hospital undergoing tests to see if her injuries were a result of abuse.

She's expected to be released to a foster family by the end of the week.

There is a custody hearing set for February 14th to decide if the 7-year-old sister will stay with family or in foster care.

Click here to see a full interview with the mother, Jennifer Poole.

 

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