Judge Patricia Ashcroft Retires after Distinguished Career

On Friday afternoon dozens of friends, colleagues and family members gathered at the Forney Sub Courthouse to wish farewell to Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, Patricia B. Ashcroft.

A longtime resident of Forney, Judge Ashcroft served as the Municipal Judge for Forney for many years before being elected as Kaufman County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 in January 2011.

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Mabank Mother Charged with Capital Murder after Shooting Her Two Daughters

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said today a 29-year-old mother was arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of two of her children early Thursday morning.

Sarah Nicole Henderson of Mabank is being held in the Henderson County Jail.

The two female victims, both her daughters age seven and five, were taken to American Forensics in Dallas for forensic examination.

At 11:29 p.m. Wednesday, local Emergency Medical Services personnel contacted the Sheriff’s Office asking for assistance regarding a possible suicidal female at a residence outside of Payne Springs in Henderson County.

Although EMS cancelled the call for assistance 7 minutes later, Sheriff’s Deputies went to the residence, arriving at 11:45 p.m.

Hillhouse said a male and female told the Deputies they were fine and no one was in danger or jeopardy.

Almost three hours later, at 2:24 a.m. Thursday, a man called 911 to report a woman had shot her children at the residence.

Hillhouse said the children were deceased at the scene. The Texas Rangers, Child Protective Services, and the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office are assisting with the investigation.

Henderson County 173rd District Judge Dan Moore issued a search warrant for the residence.

 

Henderson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Kevin Pollock preformed the inquest.

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