Woman Indicted on 7 Counts of Child Endangerment, Ector County Medical Examiner's Office Under Scrutiny 2/10/14
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February 10, 2014
The Ector County Medical Examiner's Office is in hot water following a statement from a Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury says the Medical Examiner's Office was reckless in not performing an autopsy in the death of a baby, Talvis Redic, who tested positive for cocaine.
According to the Grand Jury, the Odessa Police Department requested an autopsy after finding that his death could have been caused as a result of criminal activity on the part of his mother, Talisha Redic.
However, that exam was never performed.
CBS 7 spoke with Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland who says that it was reckless of the Medical Examiner's Office Investigators to not seek an autopsy. As a result, evidence was lost leaving prosecutors without firm evidence that Redic is guilty of anything more than child endangerment.
Redic was indicted for child endangerment and faces a maximum sentence of two years.
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Continuing coverage of an Odessa woman who's behind bars charged with seven counts of child endangerment. After her newborn baby died and tested positive for cocaine, officials tell us there was no autopsy done.
Everything started when Talisha Redic's son, Talvis Redic, died on October 21st, less than a month after he was born.
"OPD did request an autopsy however medical examiners said it wasn't necessary....OPD reviewed what they gave us and said that it was plausible," says Odessa Police Department Corporal, Steve LeSueur. "We can only request an autopsy…the medical examiner has the authority to decide on whether or not to do one."
And that didn't sit well with everyone.
"Commissioners did receive complaints from the district attorney that the autopsy wasn't done, and in the end, commissioners said there was no action needed," says Ector County Judge Susan Redford.
"I take it very seriously when they decide not to do an autopsy because that evidence is lost," says District Attorney Bobby Bland.
"The DA is understandably upset since he wanted action taken because he is investigating a criminal history," says Judge Redford.
We spoke with Shirley Standefer with the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office, who says she couldn't comment except to say that 'she did her job.' She says all other questions should be referred to Medical Examiner Dr. Anne Acreman. We've gone back and forth with Acreman but have not yet connected on the phone.
Judge Redford says her understanding is that the next step is taking this issue to the Grand Jury.
Stay tuned CBS 7 as this story unfolds.
December 18, 2013
Odessa Police say 30-year-old Tanisha Redic will face another charge of Endangering a child after her unborn child tested positive for cocaine.
An additional warrant is being issued for Redic, who has not been found.
The infant child was born prematurely and was admitted to the hospital.
The baby died 25 days later.
Police learned the baby tested positive for cocaine, and an investigation found 6 other children also tested positive for cocaine.
The children are between the ages of 2 and 11.
Stay with CBS 7 and cbs7.com for more on this developing story.
Odessa - Police are searching for an Odessa woman after all six of her children tested positive for cocaine. Officers responded to Medical Center Hospital in reference to a baby who was still born.
That baby tested positive for cocaine.
“It’s definitely rare, it is disturbing anytime you find a child that does test positive for any controlled substance is disturbing,” said Odessa Communications Officer Corporal Steve LeSueur.
After the initial police response an investigation was launched on thirty-year-old Talisha Redic, also known as Talisha Tatia Cleveland. Talisha is a mother of six, all of whom also tested positive for cocaine.
Talisha was last known to be living in the 200 block of Lotteman, however police have not been able to locate her. For her neighbors, news like this was shocking.
“I couldn’t believe it I had to read it three times, before it sunk in,” said a Lotteman street resident.
The police investigation states that Talisha intentionally engaged in conduct that placed all six of her children in danger, which called for six felony warrants for endangering a child. Authorities are still trying to figure out how the six children ingested the cocaine, but add that all have been removed and are safe in foster homes.
If you have any information on Redic’s whereabouts officials are urging you to call the Odessa Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 333-tips.
On October 21st, 2013, officers responded to Medical Center Hospital in reference to an infant who had tested positive for cocaine. The mother of the child was identified as Talisha Redic, date of birth 12/25/1982. She is also known as Talisha Tatia Cleveland. Investigators learned that Redic had six more children, who were all between the ages of two and eleven.
All six children have since been drug tested and all six tested positive for cocaine. Investigation revealed that Redic intentionally engaged in conduct that placed all six of her children in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical impairment.
According to Child Protective Services officials, the children were removed and are safe and in foster care.
Based on the facts and circumstances, six felony warrants have been obtained for Redic for the offense of Endangering a Child, a second degree felony.
At this time, investigators are searching for Redic. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS or Detective Brad Cline with the Odessa Police Department at 432-333-3641. The investigation is ongoing.