updated 2:19 PM UTC, Oct 15, 2020

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Continuance granted in Maddox child custody hearing

A Tyler County Court has granted a continuance until April 9 in the child custody hearing of Madison Maddox, the five-year-old daughter of Nathan Maddox, who, with his wife Krystal, was murdered outside Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Colmenseil January 19.

Madison, who was living with her paternal grandparents, Paul and Letha Westfall, and her mother, Kristen Westfall, will remain in foster care until the judge makes a custody decision. Madison was removed from the Westfall's home shortly after the incident.

Coy Lee Collins, a special investigator with Child Protective Services (CPS), testified at the first hearing that Madison was removed from the Westfall's care and placed into foster care because methamphetamine residue, a syringe and a loaded .22 revolver were found in the Westfall's home, and could be accessible to the five year old. Collins also said there were sanitation concerns because of raw sewage on the property.

Madison's paternal grandfather, Jim Maddox, said that he was just interested in the child's safety. "At this point the main thing is Madison's safety, and it is not a matter of what I want or my wife wants or what the Westfalls want," Maddox said. "It is all about Madison's safety."

There are several agencies working on the murder case. All leads are being taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.

"We have some excellent agencies from the Tyler County Sheriff's Department, Texas Rangers, and even the FBI who have come in," Maddox said. "They have been available as far as resources and council with law enforcement."

Anyone with information about the murder should phone Tyler County Sheriff's Department at (409) 283-2172.




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