Police: Man Arrested in Connection to the Death of a Child

Wichita Falls, Texas - The Wichita Falls Police Department stated that 29-year-old Catlin Briscoe has been arrested in connection with the death of a 19-month-old child in August of last year.

On August 20

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, 2014, Wichita Falls Police Officers responded to a call of an un-responsive child at the camelot apartments in the 2200 block of Harrison in Wichita Falls. Police spoke to Briscoe, who was taking care of the child.

According to the affidavit, Briscoe told police the little girl was alert and able to play without any problems. Briscoe said he had put the child in the bathtub at around 1:25 a.m., Briscoe denied leaving her unattended, saying that he sat next to the tub while she played with her toys and splashed water.

Briscoe said when he took her out of the, she "seemed okay", but after he put a new diaper on her and she attempted to sit up, her head fell back and she couldn't hold it up and her eyes rolled back.

Briscoe called 911 and the child was rushed to United Regional Hospital for treatment, and was then flown to Cook's Children Hospital in Dallas.

Doctors at the Fort Worth hospital reported that the child had a skull fracture to the left back side of her head, massive brain swelling, advanced healing fractures on the right forearm, was on life support and was not expected to survive her injuries.

Doctors say based on the amount of brain swelling the child suffered, the onset of injuries would have been instantaneous, and therefore the child would not have been able to play games or be aware of her surroundings. Doctors said this type of injury was an indicator of blunt force trauma.


On August 21, 2014, at 7:45 p.m., the child was pronounced dead. An autopsy led the medical examiner to determine the manner of death as homicide. 

WFPD say that Briscoe's arrest happened Monday during a traffic stop at Call Field and McNiel.  Briscoe was charged with Injury to a Child (Death).