LAKE JACKSON — Three people are facing felony injury to a child charges in the death of a Lake Jackson toddler last fall following their indictment by a Brazoria County grand jury.
Eighteen-month-old Kaesen Jenkins died Nov. 7 after Lake Jackson police responded to a report of a child not breathing in the 500 block of Elm Street, Lake Jackson Police Lt. Bryan Sidebottom said. First responders performed CPR on the toddler and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Sidebottom said.
Richard Allen Rhodes Jr., 27, the child’s 23-year-old mother, Cashayla Susan Holloway, and grandmother, 47-year-old Felicia Nichole Toney, were indicted June 21.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, only a determination enough evidence exists to proceed to trial.
Kaesen had been left in Rhodes’ care Nov. 1 when the man placed the boy’s feet in scalding water, causing serious bodily injury to the child, according to the indictment. The incident happened in the 100 block of Lake Road and no one else was at the residence at that time, Sidebottom said.
Neither Holloway nor Toney took action to get medical care for the child’s injuries, according to their indictments, resulting in them also being charged.
Rhodes was a friend of Holloway, Sidebottom said.
Rhodes was booked into Brazoria County jail Tuesday and remains there on a $75,000 bond, online records show. His current address shows he lives in Montana, but previous online records list an address in West Columbia.
Holloway also remains in the county jail on $75,000 bond after her arrest June 26, online jail records show. Toney is free after posting $25,000 bond Tuesday.
First-degree felonies are punishable by up to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.