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Pair charged with starvation death of their infant son



A Henderson County couple has been jailed on manslaughter charges following a three-month investigation into the death of their infant son.

Shawn Davis Wagner and Kristina Fay Tello were arrested Thursday by Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Caresa Ballard and Texas Ranger Trace McDonald. Wagner and Tello were booked in connection with the death of four-month-old Hayden J. Wagner.

They were in custody at the Henderson County Jail Friday morning awaiting arraignment.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports state Investigator Ballard, Investigator David Faught and Major Kevin Hanes were sent to East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City on May 5 where they found the child in an emergency room. Officers saw the boy was grossly underweight, with his bones visible through his skin. The report further stated the child’s eyes were sunken into his head.

Investigators learned the child had been transported from 374 East Quanah Street after he was found not breathing.

He had been under the direct care of Wagner and Tello, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said.

Henderson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Dale Blaylock conducted an inquest and ordered the body sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The autopsy results were returned to Ballard, who is the lead investigator in the case.

The coronor’s report stated the cause of death was starvation and the manner of death was homicide.


This was right down the road from me the day my husband left for basic literally i live off quanah i drive it to get in and out of my addition and noone knew until now the judge that gave the order for the inquest married me and my husband two years ago to theday

this kind of thing makes me sick and im bad at last names unless i know you  a while and they dont have these peoples pictures up i know alot of people who know alot of people i just hope that by some means these sick people were never near my daughter cause if i found out i had put her anywhere near them i might loose it

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Sep. 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Amazing isn't.  You have to have a lisence to drive a car or own a gun, but any idiot anywhere can have a kid anytime they want. 

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Apr. 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM

My gma lives on Eskota, it was a mess over there when all that happend...

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May. 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

omg that makes me sick to my stomach. I was getting ready to leave to feed my twins when i saw this and decided to read the article real quick. So now my babies are crying as I know it's feeding time.,...I couldn't imagine how long that baby cried for..and what it went through. All we have to realize is that we can take care of our own nad do what we can to help these poor children. REPORT abuse when you know it and who cares who's feelings are hurt...a child's life is more important.

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May. 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

i'm off to feed mine now, lol. 

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