GUILTY: Abilene Mother Convicted on Child Abuse Charges

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene mother has been found guilty on child abuse charges related to a severely malnourished infant.

A Taylor County Jury convicted Evangelia Mayhall on an Injury to a Child charge Tuesday evening. Mayhal will be sentenced Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. 

A social worker took the stand during day two of Mayhall's child abuse trial in Abilene to give testimony on "one of the worst cases she'd ever seen".

This worker was asked to testify against Evangelia Mayhall - a mother on trial for 1st Injury to a Child in connection to a baby that was found malnourished and "in danger of dying" at an Abilene home in January of 2016.

The social worker said that when she saw the baby while conducting an investigation for the Child Protective Services it "didn't even look human". She also described the state of the Mayhall home, which was occupied by Mayhall, her husband James, two children, and two other adults.

She said she could smell urine before she even got inside, and she threw up after leaving the residence. When she was in the house, she said she found plenty of food for adults, but no formula for an infant. There was also plenty of alcohol and cigarettes in the home, according to the social worker's testimony.

The social worker also stated that Mayhall lost her WIC coverage because she would not take classes.

The baby and a 6-year-old boy were removed from the home immediately following the CPS investigation due to the extreme conditions, and the Mayhall's parental rights were fully terminated. The social workers says the children are now doing "amazing" and both are recovering well.

The Mayhalls and the children all tested negative for drugs, which surprised the social worker, who sated that she could not find any reason why the kids were not fed, so she concluded the Mayhalls "just did not care".

An investigating officer also took the stand during day two of the child abuse trial and said that although Mayhall claimed she was breastfeeding the baby, her body showed no signs of active breastfeeding when she was arrested.

The officer showed pictures of the six-year-old, who was very skinny, and stated that the boy asked for water and crackers when he was brought to the Law Enforcement Center.

Mayhall was arrested for Injury to a Child alongside her husband James in February of 2016. The two other adult residents living with the Mayhalls - Justin Heiser and Breanna Morris - were also arrested and charged with Endangering a Child by Omission in connection to this child abuse case.

CPS and the Abilene Police Department began investigating the Mayhalls after the baby was rushed to the emergency room in January of 2016.

She weighed only 6 lbs, 5 oz when she was removed from the home and taken to the emergency room. The physician who assisted in her birth says she weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz when she was born.

The emergency room physician did say the child was "in danger of dying at the time of her admission to the hospital," according to the documents.

BigCountryHomepage will be at Mayhall's trial all week and will provide updates straight from court, so check back for the latest information. 


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