WOODVILLE — Custody of a 5-year-old girl at the center of a Tyler County murder investigation will soon be transitioned to her paternal grandmother.
The daughter of Nathan Maddox, who along with his wife Krystal was gunned down outside a court-ordered visitation with the girl in January, will be placed with her paternal grandmother, Kelly Haggard, following a Child Protective Services hearing Wednesday morning.
In the coming weeks, the girl will be transitioned into Haggard's Lufkin-area home where she will live with her aunt, Hannah Ogden, and Ogden's two boys, ages 3 and 1.
"We could not be happier to be able to bring Maddie home," Ogden said. "We've got her room ready, and we've been out buying her cute little clothes. She will be so spoiled and loved."
The girl was removed from the Colmesneil home she shared with maternal grandparents Letha and Paul Westfall, mother Kristen Westfall, who is Nathan Maddox's former wife, and uncle Cameron Westfall in January after the murders and was placed in a CPS foster home. The members of the Westfall family are now in jail on $1 million bonds, charged with engaging in organized criminal activity resulting in the capital murder of the Zavalla couple.
The girl's paternal grandfather, Jim Maddox, and his wife Jan had been seeking custody of the girl, but following a family meeting last weekend decided Haggard's home is the right fit.
"We sat down and made this decision as a family. It's not about us, but what is best for Madison," Jim Maddox said. "In foster care she really enjoyed being a big sister, and going into Kelly's home, she still gets to do that. It will be an easier transition for her."
Ogden said she and her mother were told by CPS officials that visits with the girl could begin as soon as Monday.
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