Babysitter Arrested, Charged After 2-Month-Old Baby Died

Austin York
August 14, 2018 - 6:07 pm
Adonna Townsend



KEENE (KRLD) - A Johnson County babysitter faces a charge of criminally negligent homicide after a 2-month-old baby was killed earlier this year. 

28-year-old Adonna Townsend was arrested Monday night by Grand Prairie police after Keene police filed an arrest warrant last week.

Emma Nicole Cox-Jenkins was staying with Townsend in Keene when police were called to the home following complaints the child was not breathing.

Little Emma was pronounced dead later that evening.

Keene police chief Emmit Jackson says when they got a call from the medical examiner Monday that the baby had died due to the presence of diphenhydramine, a sleeping aid, they called Townsend again.

"She admitted she gave the child the pill in her milk to put her to sleep," Jackson says.

Townsend was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony. 

"Her bright blue eyes, her little smile, everything about her was perfect," said Kayla Cox, Emma Nicole's mother.

"Nobody should have to go through this," added her father Billy Jenkins. "I remember bringing her home. It was one of the greatest days of my life but like that it was over, just as quick as it began."

Townsend is being held in the Tarrant County jail.