Mother faces first-degree murder charge

1:18 pm | November 13, 2012

Tiffani Holston, the mother of a 4-year-old killed Oct. 11 when he was struck by a dump truck while crossing the street, has been indicted by the Carter County grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child neglect.

Joshua Holston died of injuries after he was struck by the dump truck driven by Terry Kyte of Bristol. The boy was with his mother and another child at the intersection of Broad Street and Lynn Avenue.

Firefighters, emergency responders and bystanders all made efforts to save the life of the boy, but he was pronounced dead at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

In an interview with the Elizabethton STAR published Oct 14, Tiffani Holston said, “He didn’t get to grow up. He didn’t even get to start school or play T-ball.”

She called her son a “one-of-a-kind” boy.

The grand jury returned two true bills against Tiffani Holston Nov. 13. The first, the charge of first-degree murder, says the mother “did commit the offense of first-degree murder by killing Joshua Christopher Holston in the perpetration of aggravated child neglect.”

In the charge of aggravated child neglect, the grand jury’s true bill says the mother “did commit the offense … by knowingly, other than by accidental means, treating Joshua Christopher Holston … in such a manner that resulted in serious bodily injury; Class E Felony.”

The Elizabethton STAR will continue to update this story online and in the print edition.



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