Tyler couple indicted on child abuse charges after their 4-month-old daughter sustains fractured arm

Published on Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:47 - Written by

A Tyler couple was recently indicted by a Smith County grand jury on injury to a child charges they received after their 4-month-old daughter was taken to the hospital with a fractured arm.

Justin Hester, 23, and Tiffani Hester, 22, both of Tyler, were arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on Nov. 16. They both remain in jail on $150,000 bonds.

On Oct. 27, an officer with the Major Crimes Unit of the Tyler Police Department was advised there was an infant at Christus Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler with an injury and issues involving suspected neglect.

The Hesters brought their 4-month-old daughter to the emergency room for treatment of her right arm. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the infant suffered a fracture of the ulna and radius of her right arm, was malnourished, dehydrated and emaciated.

The affidavit states that Mrs. Hester told officers she was in bed with the infant the day before and that when she got up to go to the bathroom, the baby rolled onto the floor. Mrs. Hester said after the accident she soothed the infant and that the baby’s swollen arm was not noticed until that afternoon.

The document states police received written consent to search the Hesters’ house. Police took measurements of the bed and described the house as unsanitary and having food, cords, boxes, clothes and beer and soda cans scattered around. Officials soon determined that given the height of the bed and the fact that the floor where the incident allegedly took place was carpeted, that the baby’s arm couldn’t have been broken the way the Hesters said.

Medical officials involved with the case also determined the infant had a transverse fracture on her right arm, which they said are the result of a bending force or a direct blow to the arm. Officials also stated the child had an unexplained injury to her mouth, lips and gums area. 

- Augusta Robinson