Two people have been indicted by a special session of the DeKalb County grand jury in connection with the death of a 22-month-old child.
According to Capt. Steven Leffew of Smithville Police Department, the unfortunate saga began early Sunday morning.
“On May 17 at approximately 3:11 a.m., Smithville Police Sgt. Travis Bryant and officer Joey Myers were dispatched to DeKalb Hospital emergency room in reference to a possible child abuse resulting in the death of a 2-year-old child. Investigating officers deemed the death to be of a suspicious nature.
"Capt. Leffew, Lt. Matt Holmes and detective Brandon Donnell were notified. Additionally District Attorney Bryant Dunaway and investigators from the District Attorney's office and the TBI responded. On Tuesday, a special grand jury was convened, and Cody Key was indicted on first-degree murder and Jessica May was indicted on aggravated child neglect,” Leffew said.
District Attorney Dunaway told the Smithville Review the child is believed to have died from blunt-force trauma.
“The District Attorney’s office, myself and Assistant District Attorney Greg Strong, responded to DeKalb Community Hospital early Sunday morning, along with the TBI and the Smithville Police Department, to investigate a case of a child who was deceased and had obvious injuries,” Dunaway said.
“A grand jury was convened today (Tuesday) at my office’s special request, and the DeKalb County grand jury has indicted Cody Key for first-degree felony murder and aggravated child abuse, and Jessica May for aggravated child neglect. May was indicted based upon a pattern of neglect over the past year leading up to the events of the homicide, but she is not charged with the homicide. She is the mother of the victim, and Cody Key is her boyfriend. They lived together,” Dunaway concluded.