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A Killeen woman was charged Tuesday after she was accused of leaving her child at home Sunday while she went to the store.

On Sunday, Killeen police went to a home in response to a call of an abandoned child, according to an arrest affidavit. Police did not indicate what block or street the house was located.

The Killeen officer spoke with an officer from the Harker Heights Police Department who said that a woman, identified as 21-year-old Cydnie Lynae McGhee, had been in an accident. McGhee told the Heights officer she had left her child at home for several hours, police said.

The Killeen officer talked to McGhee who said she left her child, born in 2019, home when she went to get food and go for a drive, the affidavit said.

The Killeen officer saw the child at home and indicated that McGhee “left the residence with a candle lit and a space heater on, causing an unreasonable risk of harm,” the affidavit said.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned McGhee Tuesday on a charge of abandon endanger child with intent to return. He set her bail at $75,000.

Other arraignments by Cooke Tuesday were:

  • Whitney Denise Glover, 33, on a charge of aggravated assault with bodily injury with a deadly weapon. Her bail is $100,000.
  • Secoya Deon Allen Jr., 18, on a charge of aggravated assault with bodily injury with a deadly weapon. His bail is $100,000.
  • Ian Frederick Prater, 20, on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. His bail is $50,000.


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