Kyle Poindexter will save on child support but faces murder rap for death of his baby
(CRESAPTOWN, MD) — A baby was beaten to death by her father, say investigators. Maryland State Police reports that homicide investigators arrested an Allegany County man on April 9, 2016, and charged him with the murder of his infant child.
The accused was identified by police as Kyle J. Poindexter, 22, of 12914 6th Avenue Lot A., Cresaptown, Md. He is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Poindexter is currently awaiting a bond hearing before an Allegany County, court commissioner.
The victim is identified as Avery Poindexter, two months old, of the same address. Avery was the newborn daughter of Kyle Poindexter.
Poindexter’s rooster roaming has covered much of Maryland, from St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland to the mountain country of Western Maryland, leaving a trail of paternity and custody hearings and unpaid child support.
Police say that on the afternoon of April 8, 2016, investigators from the Combined County Criminal Investigation Unit, Child Protective Services, the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the State Police Homicide Unit were contacted about the death of Avery Poindexter. The infant had been transported to the Western Maryland Regional Health Center in Cumberland earlier that day, where she had been pronounced dead. Medical personnel observed bruises on her head and face and notified police.
The preliminary investigation indicated the child’s mother went to work yesterday morning and left the child in the care of her boyfriend and father of the child, Kyle Poindexter. She was notified in the early afternoon that the baby was being transported to the hospital. Investigators learned Poindexter had contacted neighbors, saying he needed help because the baby had stopped breathing. The neighbors began CPR while the father called 911.
After consultation with the Allegany State’s Attorney’s Office, State Police homicide investigators obtained a search warrant for the Poindexter home. The scene was processed by a State Police crime scene technician and investigators.
The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where an autopsy was conducted today. Doctors ruled the cause of death was a head injury and the manner of death was a homicide.
Further investigation and consultation with the Allegany County State’s Attorney’s Office led to State Police investigator Cpl. J. Martin to identify Kyle Poindexter as the suspect responsible for the murder. Poindexter was arrested without incident.
Poindexter had been charged with domestic violence on a peace order filed in Allegany County District Court on July 31, 2015. The case was dismissed when the victim failed to appear for a hearing on Aug. 7, 2015.
A custody hearing for a child was filed in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court on Jan. 30, 2015, by Heather Victoria Murphy of Lexwood Court in Lexington Park, Md., with Kyle Poindexter as the defendant. On May 11, 2015, the Magistrate ordered sole legal custody given to Murphy and Poindexter to pay child support. A paternity case brought by Murphy was held on the matter in 2014.
Another paternity case brought against Poindexter by the State of Maryland and Jackelyn R. Terrill, of Rawlings, Md., just two days following a court order dismissing a contempt petition in Allegany County Circuit Court, Poindexter was charged with the murder of his child.
Poindexter’s support group kicked in right away on Facebook with this post by Krista Collins: Sick to my stomach Kyle Joshua Poindexter I know u wouldn’t hurt that baby I know u wouldn’t do this I’m sorry for ur lose let news say as they please but I will stand behind u 100%