Killeen Police Make an Arrest in Death of an Infant

UPDATE – March 25, 2017

Killeen Police make Arrest in Death of an Infant

The investigation revealed that the suspect, Zachary Kadetz, had intentionally caused the injuries to the infant.  The Bell County District Attorney’s Office issued a complaint charging 21 year-old Zachary Kadetz with Injury to a Child.  Kadetz was arrested on March 24, 2017 and Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned him and set his bond at $1,000,000. 

 Killeen Police investigate death of an infant.

Officers responded to the 2900 block of Zephyr Road at 8:08pm, on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after receiving a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive and not breathing three month old male infant.  Upon the officer’s arrival, they immediately began performing CPR until Killeen Fire Department Paramedics arrival.  Once the paramedics arrived, they immediately transported the infant to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and was subsequently transported to McLane Children’s Hospital.  On February 24, 2017, Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced the infant deceased at 3:35pm and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The name of the child will not be released at this time.

This case is currently being reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division Special Victims Unit continue to investigate this death and information will be released as it becomes available.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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