Stepmother charged with Capital Murder in death of child


The stepmother of a 3-year-old that died from alleged child abuse injuries has been charged with capital murder.

McKenna Cawley has been charged with capital murder and domestic battery in the 2nd degree. The child’s father, Everette Cawley, has been charged with 2 counts of permitting the abuse of a minor.

Early Tuesday morning Texarkana Arkansas Police responded to St. Michael’s hospital in reference to a toddler unresponsive with suspected injuries sustained by alleged abuse. After receiving initial treatment, the victim, a 3-year-old female, was transported, via helicopter, to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas due to extensive external and internal injuries where she passed away at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Texarkana, Ark. Police detectives are currently at the Arkansas State Crime lab awaiting autopsy results.

According to police the investigation led detectives to an overwhelming amount of abuse of not only the deceased but also of her 2-year-old brother.

The Arkansas Department of Child Protective Services have been working diligently to ensure the safety of the toddler and infant.

The month of April is child abuse awareness month. TAPD encourage everyone to wear blue on Friday, April 5, in honor of this deceased child and all other children who have suffered abuse. Miller County currently only has 4 foster parents homes. Contact DHS if you are in interested in providing children a safe and loving home.

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