Rag doll

Tyler’s nurse treated a child with special needs like a ‘rag doll’

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A Tyler woman employed as a night shift nurse for a non-verbal, immobile child with special needs is accused of treating the child like “a rag doll,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by KETKNews.

Jessica Fowler, 35, is charged with injuring a child, a third-degree felony in Texas, and has since posted $200,000 bond since her arrest last week.

According to the arrest warrant, Fowler served as a night nurse for the child who suffered from multiple medical conditions, which required constant and sensitive care.

An investigation began after another nurse reported that the child was not using his right arm. When the child was still not using his arm throughout the day, video footage from a hidden camera inside the house was checked.

The warrant says that in more than 50 separate clips, Fowler would be shown tossing the victim “like a rag doll” from one side of the crib to the other.

There was also footage where Fowler allegedly tied the victim’s arm behind his head, which could have left bruises on the child’s arm, according to the affidavit.

The case investigator also observed clips showing Folwer “using his phone light to inspect [the victim] like she was looking for marks or bruises” and would “intentionally turn off the [heart rate] alarm alert on a monitor.

This alarm was designed to go off if the child felt pain or other distress, causing the heart rate to get too high.

The warrant says Fowler was briefly interviewed over the phone by police and told them she had been a nurse for six years. After initially telling officers she would arrange another interview with them, her attorney called back to say she would not.

If convicted, Fowler faces up to 10 years in prison.