Burkburnett man arrested for baby’s death faces new sentence

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — A Burkburnett man in jail for the alleged murder of his 8-month-old baby girl is also facing a possible new sentence on a previous child endangerment conviction.

Justin Ray Kidwell, 20, remains jailed on a half-million-dollar bond. He had previously posted a $75,000 bond on the earlier endangerment charge.

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Police arrested Kidwell in March after Texas Rangers investigated the death of the infant almost a year earlier.

According to the affidavit, Kidwell is accused of putting his daughter in a bathtub and leaving the bathroom to get his Bluetooth headset to chat with a friend on Discord.

Burkburnett first responders and police arrived after they received a 911 call and found the unresponsive infant and Kidwell in the house.

They said Kidwell admitted to putting his daughter in the bathtub at 11 p.m. and leaving her unattended for between 30 seconds to five minutes with the water running full blast.

But investigators said inspection of data showed the last activity on his device was at 10:53 p.m. and the 911 call was made at 11:22 p.m. after Kidwell discovered his daughter face down in the water.

Police said the water overflowed onto the bathroom floor and saturated the rugs in the hallway.

On April 3, prosecutors filed an amended motion to proceed with adjudication of Kidwell's 2022 suspended sentence for child endangerment for leaving a THC-edible product close enough that a child was able to get and eat it.

Violations he allegedly committed while on probation include a new child endangerment resulting in the death of the infant (felony murder charge), failure to report to his probation officer, failure to obtain employment, failure to remain in Wichita County and several other violations.

After the amended motion was filed just Wednesday, April 3, a conference on the motion for today, April 4, was postponed.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available. All individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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