Arlington police officers are investigating the death earlier this month of a 17-month-old boy. The child’s mother, Keashia Dyon Matthews, 37 of Arlington, initially told police that she stayed home from work because she did not have childcare for her son. However, she later changed her story and admitted to leaving her son – Darrell Singleton III - in her vehicle while she was at work on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. After noticing that the child was non-responsive, she said that she drove him to Arlington Memorial Hospital, where Darrell was pronounced dead.
Ms. Matthews told family and friends that she had left Darrell in her SUV, while at work, and repeatedly went out to the vehicle to check on him during her workday. She later confessed to police and admitted to leaving her child in the SUV, while she was at her job in Bedford. During her confession, Ms. Matthews said that she realized that something was wrong with Darrell when she left work. She drove to Arlington to pick her two daughters up from school and then went to the hospital. Unsuccessful attempts were made to resuscitate the boy, who had a temperature of 107 degrees. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner is waiting for toxicology results for a final ruling in Darrell’s death.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Ms. Matthews on the charge of injury to a child/serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony. She turned herself into police on Friday, Sept. 25. Her bail was set at $13,000. Her two daughters – ages 5 and 6 – are in the care of Child Protective Services.