Sheriff: Progress slow in child death investigation

PNT Staff Report

Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said Tuesday no arrests have been made in the Sept. 6 death of a 9-month-old and the investigation is close to a standstill with reports pending.

“We’re still waiting on some stuff from the Office of the Medical Examiner,” Hooker said.

Hooker would not comment on what kinds of reports he was waiting on, but indicated the wait could be a month or possibly longer.
He said the investigation is still ongoing locally, though at a much slower pace.

“I would say that it’s still active,” Hooker said. “There’s something done on it every day, but it’s mostly waiting on the medical examiner’s results.”

Authorities say Kyler Willis was found not breathing Sept. 5 at a babysitter’s house. She died at a Lubbock hospital the next day, police said.

Hooker said Sept. 12 preliminary reports from the OMI indicated homicide by blunt force trauma to the head. Since then, law enforcement has refused to release further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Search warrants in the case have been sealed, according to District Court workers.

Willis was the daughter of Jimmy Willis and Rebecca King, according to the Sheriff’s Office.