A Bedford man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend's baby in 2016 while he was taking care of the infant at a Bedford residence.
Kyle Gooch, 26, pleaded guilty to murder in the killing of 7-month-old Presley Lindsay, who died from traumatic injuries to her head and neck, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.
Jury selection for sentencing was underway Monday in Criminal District Court No. 4.
“My doctor said she was shaken violently,” Presley's mother, Alysa Limón, said in a phone interview with the Star-Telegram in February 2016. Gooch “told me that he had only spanked her.”
Gooch was arrested on the day Presley died on unrelated warrants and then police kept him in custody after they were alerted about the baby's death.
Limón told the Star-Telegram she started dating Gooch in December 2015. She said she left for work about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2016, and Presley was fine. Her daughter was in Gooch’s care at her house in the 800 block of Shady Glen Lane, authorities said.
Limón arrived home about 11:30 p.m.
“I walked in and gave her a kiss and left her in bed because I thought she was asleep,” Limón has said. “I went to watch television when I started hearing some weird noises. I went to her and she wasn’t moving.”
In a news release, Bedford police said: “When the mother heard Presley making unusual sounds, her mother removed the blanket covering Presley, picked her up and found her limp.”
Limón said she called her mother, who told her to take the baby to a hospital.
Gooch drove Limón and Presley to Texas Health Harris Methodist H-E-B in Bedford. Later, an ambulance took Presley and her mother to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Gooch drove separately to the children’s hospital.
At some point, Limón said, Gooch told her that he spanked Presley because she wouldn’t stop crying, but he told police that he spanked the baby because she had grabbed his Adam’s apple.
For days, Limón filled her Facebook page with videos and photos of Presley.
“I'm sorry I couldn't protect you,” Limón said on Facebook. “I love you so much and I would do anything to hold you one more time I love you.”