by Victor Lopez
MIDLAND COUNTY--29-year-old Kristi Michelle Kaulaity sits behinds bars, accused of trying to smother her one-year-old child to death.
Investigators say it was a video, that gave them everything they needed, to arrest and charge her. According to the arrest affidavit, her own roommate turned her in.
According to Sgt. Chris Fuentes, with the Midland County Sheriff's Dept, "Upon viewing the video, we had evidence that we had an attempted capital murder of a child under six years of age."
They're images that would make anyone cringe. Cell phone video allegedly shows Krisiti Kaulaity, covering her son's face with a pillow. According to her roommate, she did it to keep the crying child quiet.
"We had a complainant come in and give us information and a video on her roommate. She came in to Child Protective Services and they redirected it to us," Fuentes said.
According to the affidavit, Kaulaity, who had been drinking before the incident and was likely intoxicated, became impatient with her young son. The roommate started video taping on her cell phone out of concern for the child.
The video shows her pushing him away from her on several occasions before putting him on the couch and grabbing the pillow.
Kaulaity's roommate says the boy's body went limp and his lips turned blue. She also said, Kaulaity told her, if (he) went to bed with her, he would wake up dead.
Sgt. Fuentes has been an investigator for two years and he says this case is one of the worst he's dealt with, "Unfortunately, in juvenile investigations, nothing is ever easy, with some of the things that we see. However, this is one of the most extreme events that I have had to work with."
Fuentes says the roommate's report made the difference between life and death for the child, an occurrence, he says should happen more often, "Unfortunately, these things occur quite a bit more often than people report it. By that time, many times, it's unfortunately too late."
But there is something you can do to report suspected abuse.
"They can always go to our abuse hotline, which is www.tx.abusehotline.org or they can call directly to Child Protective Services and report any allegation that they may have," Fuentes explained.
According to Marleigh Meisner, with Child Protective Services, the child is doing well and is in foster care.
While there is no history of abuse reports in the home, CPS has launched their own investigation, something they do anytime these sort of allegations surface.