LUFKIN, TX (KETK) — EDITOR'S NOTE: The children's names and relatives' names are being withheld to protect their well being. This story may not be suitable for all audiences, due to its graphic nature.
A Lufkin woman was taken into custody Sunday afternoon after she allegedly sent pictures to her estranged husband depicting their child with a bloody knife to her throat.
At around 4 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Creekside Apartments, located in the 1800 block of Sayers Street, on reports of a welfare concern.
While en route to the scene, other law enforcement officers were speaking to the complainant's in the police department's lobby.
The reportees, later identified as the victim's grandmother and father, alleged their grandchild/daughter was in danger.
According to an arrest affidavit, Both relatives showed two text messages to police received around 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. from the child's mother, Casey Olford, of Lufkin, that read, "ITS N THA TRASH U TOO. HOPE YALL HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR [CHILD'S NAME] FUNERAL."
The second message contained a graphic picture displaying the child on the floor crying with a large chef knife held under her throat with blood smeared on her chin and the knife.
When authorities arrived at the scene, officers found Mrs. Olford and questioned her about the messages. The mother denied ever taking any pictures of that nature and told police she would never hurt her kids.
During this time, the victim and her older brother were in the apartment safe and eating. The victim was also wearing the same blue shirt as in the threatening photo.
The responding officer was able to find scratches and bruises on both children, none of which appeared to be fresh injuries. No cuts or scratches were noticeable on either child's neck.
During continued questioning, Mrs. Olford admitted to mental health issues and reported the father had recently dumped her and moved out, leaving her alone with the kids. Olford was then taken into custody and placed in a patrol car.
At this time, officers searched the apartment and found two knives similar to the one used in the graphic photo. They also found two phones inside the home. All the items were confiscated as evidence. Police also kept the victim's shirt for their records.
Authorities contacted family members and turned over the children to them.
Before being taken to the Angelina County Jail, Olford told the arresting officers that she did hold the knife under the child's neck and that the blood was not from the child, but from her menstrual cycle.
The suspect claims she acted out of a poor mental state and was soon after booked into the jail on aggravated assault. She was released Monday on $10,000 bond.
Child Protective Services is investigating alongside law enforcement, according to CPS Spokeswoman Sherri Pulliam. The family has no reported incidents with the agency.