The mother of a toddler who died of head injuries last week has an older son who was removed from her custody because she neglected him, a state official and a family member said Monday.
The boy, who is now 4, was removed from the mother's care in 2008 and adopted by relatives, Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said Monday.
The younger child, Kamden Lee Bailey, 14 months, died Friday at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. He had a "complex skull fracture" consistent with "severe abusive trauma," according to a Parker County affidavit.
The Tarrant County medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide.
Rodney Pettigrew, 24, of Springtown was arrested Friday by Parker County officials, who identified him as the boyfriend of Kamden's mother. Officials have not named the mother.
Pettigrew faces a capital murder charge. He remained in the Parker County Jail on Monday without bail.
Authorities say he was alone with the child Thursday at the mother's house in the 500 block of Jay Bird Lane in Springtown when he called 911 to say the child had fallen off a counter and was not breathing. Kamden died at the Fort Worth hospital Friday afternoon.
Kamden's mother was investigated by CPS when Kamden was born in 2010 because the older child had been taken away, Gonzales said Monday.
"The case was investigated, and, at that time, no concerns were noted about Kamden's care," Gonzales said. "All allegations were ruled out."
Pettigrew and the mother were not involved at the time, according to CPS records.
On Monday, Kamden's maternal grandmother, Susie Farrell of Benbrook, said she and her husband saw things that concerned them before Kamden's death, such as a burn on the child's leg and a bruised ear. Farrell said she confronted Pettigrew, who gave vague excuses.
She told her daughter and Pettigrew that if they didn't want Kamden, "I would be glad to take him."
Kamden took his first steps in their Benbrook home, Farrell said. Recently, relatives and friends gathered at North Main Church of God in Weatherford for Kamden's dedication. They will return to the church for a memorial service Sunday, she said.
Kamden charmed everyone, Farrell said.
"His smile just melted the hearts of everybody he came in contact with," Farrell said. "He'd light up and they'd light up, too."
Pettigrew told the 911 dispatcher that Kamden fell about 4 feet from the counter to the floor, according to a Parker County affidavit.
At first, Pettigrew told the dispatcher that he hadn't seen Kamden fall, but when Parker County sheriff investigators arrived, he told them that he saw the toddler fall headfirst.
Pettigrew told authorities that he tried to revive the boy for two minutes before he called 911, according to the affidavit.
Kamden was initially taken to a hospital in Azle and then was moved to Cook Children's. There, a doctor reported to authorities that Kamden's injuries were not consistent with a short fall, the affidavit stated.
Kamden died of a traumatic head injury, according to the medical examiner.
Staff writer Marty Sabota contributed to this report.
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