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Neighbor of mom who killed 4-year-old: 'She was just crazy about her daughter'

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Memorial for Victoria Wyatt. (Source: KLTV News staff) Memorial for Victoria Wyatt. (Source: KLTV News staff)
Neighbor Dewayne Hannah. (Source: KLTV News staff) Neighbor Dewayne Hannah. (Source: KLTV News staff)
ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - The Athens woman arrested for capital murder after she told police she killed her 4-year-old daughter is in custody with a $2 million bond. While a motive for the crime has not been released, family and friends are struggling to understand why Stacie Parsons would have murdered the daughter they say she loved so much.

Dewayne Hannah says he had just left his house when he saw Stacie's husband, Gary Wyatt, sitting in his yard.

"I waved and he said, 'She killed my baby. Hahaha. She killed my baby.' You know, he's always joking like that. We thought he was joking at first," said Dewayne.

When he looked at the ground where the child lay, he knew Wyatt was serious.

"I could see a few bruises on her shoulder and that was it. I just turned around and walked away," he said.

Dewayne says he's a close friend of Stacie's.

"She would always come over and talk to me. She'd see me sitting here on the porch and she'd come and talk to me," he said.

When he heard Stacie had admitted to killing her daughter, he was shocked, because he couldn't imagine she would ever harm Victoria.

"She'd bring her over here and play with my granddaughter. She's just crazy about her daughter," he said.

Dewayne believes issues Stacie was dealing with at home pushed her to the edge.

"She'd always come over and be depressed about him because of his drugs. She said he used drugs and was drinking too much. She was always concerned about that," he said.

Dewayne says he wishes he could have done more for Stacie.

"She needs some help. She's not a criminal and I know she's hurting now because she loved her daughter," he said.

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