It will take a little longer for Karissa Hoyt to find out just how many years in prison she'll spend for the death of her little boy.
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Hoyt was originally charged with felony child abuse two days after Tallen Davidson's death, however, that charge was amended to voluntary manslaughter after Hoyt entered an Alford plea about two weeks before her trial was to begin last August.


According to court records, Hoyt's boyfriend, Gary Lynn Baker, Jr., took the unresponsive 3 year-old to the emergency room at St. John's in Lebanon, where he told doctors and nurses that Tallen had fallen.  The little boy was then air lifted to St. John's in Springfield where he died the next day. 
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Hospital personnel noticed bruising on Tallen's body and did not believe that the toddlers injuries were consistent with a fall and contacted authorities. An autopsy concluded that the little boy died of shaken baby syndrome.   Prosecutors say that Hoyt grabbed her little boy by the throat and violently shook him in February of 2006.
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Karissa Michelle Hoyt (mug shot MDOC)
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Hoyt's sentencing is set for October 14th in Morgan County, where her case was moved on a change of venue. The range of punishment she could receive is anywhere from five to fifteen years in prison.

NOTE: Tallen's grandmother has set up a website dedicated to him.
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An Alford plea is a plea in which the defendant admits that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction, but does not admit committing the offense.
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Gary Baker Jr. (mug shot MDOC)
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Gary Lynn Baker, Jr., is serving time in jail on for an unrelated drug crime.
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UPDATE:

Hoyt was sentenced to ten years in prison.

20 comments:

karissa hoyt said...

Yes, this is Karissa Hoyt and you have these articles in here about the death of my son. First of all, you have no idea what really happened and what didn't. Gary killed my son. They know he did because 6 months after they arrested me they had an eye witness come forward. Turns out he threw my son 15 ft. Into a wall. However, the prosecutor told me this was the best deal I was getting because no one wanted to lose their job by saying they had the wrong one this whole time. I love my som and would never have hurt him in a million years. We were victims of domestic violence. Funny how no one wanted to talk about that huh?

Sincerely, Karissa Hoyt
P. S. This is not a joke, it really is me. I got out of prison on aug. 26

dmarie said...

This Gary Baker,in response to what Karissa said. I was at work when that poor baby got hurt. The police verified that. I passed a lie detector test, and they took molds of my hands for the bruises and nothing matched up. As for the witness that came forward 6 months later, his name is Vernon Heflin. A convicted child molestor she was having a jail house romance with. They gave him a reduced sentence for his testomy against me. I'm sick over what happened to that baby But i had nothing to do with it.I made a very bad judgement by caring for that woman and it ruined my life. Now i'm trying to get on with it. Tallon is buried at my uncles church in a burial spot i gave him. i visit him often.


P.S. He was only staying with us for two weeks when that happened. what kind of mother has her three year old living with a person thats not even a blood grandma when they could be living with her. And there was no spousal abuse!!!

karissa hoyt said...

i dont rally believe you are Gary. But if you are, you know what really happened. I am not going to sit here and defend my self to a piece of scum like you. I hope you rot in hell for what you did to Tallen. I dont even know where that little story you came up with in the post came from but Vernon was a guy you worked with at Detroit Tool and someone you sold your Xanex you were supposed to be taking for bi-polar disorder to. As a matter of fact, that is apperently what you were doing when you did what you did while i was at the hospital with our daughter getting her billy levels checked.I was not in some jail house relationship with him. That would be very hard to do from the holding cell downstairs and in three days. you just say whatever you want to make yourself fell and look better. thats what you are good at anyway. And you were not cleared because they did a bunch of tests. You rolled on someone for a drug case. My lawyers told me idiot. Maybe before you go saying a bunch of nonsense on here you might want to consider the fact that i actually have paperwork to back up what i am saying on here and you dont because you are a liar, a woman beater and a child killer. Your own family said they dont even trust you long enough to walk to the mailbox and back with a child. And lets not even talk about the 72 cases that dfs has had on you over the years and never any on me. and yes i do have the paperwork on all of those bits of information too. you are the lowest scum on the face of this earth gary baker. i hope to God that you get what you deserve someday for what you did since the court system didnt do what they were supposed to. guess its all about who you know or pay off or tell on huh, instead of about getting justice for my son. And yes, i am responsible for what happened, but only because i just wanted to keep our family together and believe that you were really different and were gonna take your meds and everything would be ok. Boy how wrong was i? And it cost me both of the people i loved most in the world, my children. and you lost nothing, just a couple years of your life and you are just moving right along getting away with murder. you probably dont lose a wink of sleep at night do you? you are the prime example of a sociopath and i hope to God you dont kill any other kids or your wife cause i am 100% sure you are probably beating her like you were me and every other girl you have been with.we arent all lying you know.

Anonymous said...

Karissa if you have all the 'proof' that Gary did this and that (your quote) "the prosecutor told me this was the best deal I was getting because no one wanted to lose their job by saying they had the wrong one this whole time." is true, then why did you give an alford plea and not take it to the jury? Then you would have been cleared of all charges. A beautiful little boy died at the hands of another or both and NOBODY was held accountable! Why was Tallen not taken to the Dr. sooner? Furthermore Karissa you keep on Gary that all he lost was a couple years and moving right along, are you not doing the same? Marriage in July and remember you are so happy with the way life has turned out. Tallen may you rest in peace little man. Justice will come one day. I hope neither Karissa nor Gary have any more children.

Anonymous said...

I met Gary baker 18 yrs ago, when he was married to his first wife. They had a son who was 4 at the time and not garys biological son. That poor baby was thrown and hit repeatedly on a non stop basis. The boy had wet in his bed one night and Gary beat him and was laughing about it. He was reported, but as you can tell it did no good.

Anonymous said...

Also I would like to add that as far as the spousal abuse.I never seen him hit her with my eyes,but she would tell me how he would hurt her. I did however witness him yelling and talking to her like she was a street rat. Very sad situation that could have been prevented, if the system would act instead of waiting to see what happens because they are so backed up with other cases it finally took him killing a child for them to do anything. I do not know karissa and havnt seen Gary in 17yrs.

karissa hoyt said...

Dear Anonymous,
The reason why I took an alford plea was to keep Gary's daughter from having to go through a trial and because quite frankly I was tired of fighting a losing battle. Yes I have moved on the best I can, I am trying to have a better life than the one I was living before. There is nothing wrong with me being happy. The thing that is wrong about it is that I cannot have this life with my children the way I should be. I am living my life the way that I am now so that my son's death will not be for nothing. Do you think that after all this he would have wanted to me to go back to living the same way that I was before? Letting people beat me and treat me like trash? I want him to be proud of the person that I am, not ashamed. I miss him every second of every minute of every single day and I will for the rest of my life. I too hope that Gary never has any more kids, but I hope that I will someday.

Anonymous said...

Karissa, keeping gary's daughter from a trial? YOUR SON was MURDERED why would you not want justice for that? You say they had the wrong person and nobody wanted to get fired for that, cops often arrrest the wrong person and nobody gets fired. You are living your life now so that Tallen would be proud of you, don't you think he would be proud bringing his KILLER to jutice? There is NO statue of limitations when it comes to MURDER. Sorry but Gary had custody of his kids correct? If DFS had 72 reports against him then why or how did he get custody? You apparently were with Gary a while you had his child right? So if he was such a terrible abusive person why did you subject your child to that? Gary stated that Tallen had only lived with you all for about 2 weeks before this happed, and that he was living with a non-relative before that, if you were such a wonderful mother then why was he not with you? As far as you ALLOWING Gary to do to you what ever you 'say' he did to you that was YOUR CHOICE you are a grown woman, Tallen was a small child whose life was entrusted to you to protect and you did not do that. You said you 'tought' this time would be different then why did you not leave Tallen out of it until you knew he could be safe? If what you say is true? No you nor Gary deserve to live a 'happy, carefree' life when the death of this child is on one or both of your hands. You walk around today as if you are so deserving after 'all you have been through' and Gary only lost a couple years of his life, you both deserve puishment, his death is on one of your hands, and YOU as his MOTHER FAILED to protect that baby and placed him in that situation, if Gary did it. Only you two know who did it and you blame him and he blame you. NEITHER of you DESERVE any chidren! You drive around in a nice fancy car, big diamond on your finger to prove Tallen live was for nothing? That is the most IGNORANT excuse for a childs death I have ever heard!

Anonymous said...

My comment is about your story on "Justice For Tallen Davidson" I don't personally know Karissa, but I do know gary the child abuser really well. He beats on little kids and women, he's done that in the past and still does to this day I'm sure. He even beat his momma and she still covered for him. He beat my grandkids and daughter and if he ever crosses my path again, I will beat the life out of him with my bare hands. Gary was the person who beat Tallen to death, what part Karissa played in Tallen's death, I don't know, but I know gary took Tallen's life and then made up a story to cover up what he had done. Gary feels no remorse, he pretends to be sorry, but this creep has no soul and no regrets.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous how do you know Gary beat Tallen were you there? Gary was at work Karissa was home with the kids, and Gary's kids who he had custody were there. The story that Gary threw Tallen was started at Tallen's funeral by karissa's family. Tallen was home all day and alive with Karissa, he was acting sick and out of sorts why didn't she take him to the doctor? This little boy's death will not punished here on earth, both of them were sentenced Gary much lighter sentence than Karissa, but in all honesty neither one of them were punished for this baby's death as both of their sentences were piggy backed on a prior drug charge and neither served a day for Tallen's death. Karissa got out early for her drug sentence then touts she has been clean for 10 years! It is my understanding that she had her parole violated due to drugs in the home found in the investigation after Tallen's death and she was put back into prison while awaiting trial for Tallen's death. She had a baby in January and Tallen died in Feb that female child was given up for adoption to a friend of her mothers.

karissa hoyt said...

Anonymous #1,
You really need to research things before you come on here and say things that you know nothing about. There is a statute of limitations on the death of a child. It is 3 years. They do not list a child death as murder apparently. They list it as child abuse resulting in the death of a child. It took mr three years plus to go through court and by that time they could not have done anything to Gary. Furthermore, I was not home when Gary threw Tallen. I was at the hospital with my daughter getting her billy levels checked because she was born with jaundice. The story about Gary throwing Tallen, as you say it, was not started by my family at the funeral. It came out 6 months after I went to prison. There was an eye witness who saw Gary throw Tallen. He was the one who finally came out and said that. Up to that point I had no idea what had happened. The reason that Tallen was with a relative before all this happened was because I was a high risk pregnancy and had went in to preterm labor because of a beating that Gary gave me. The doctor told me it would be best to have Tallen stay with a family member as I was not even allowed to pick him up and I was on partial bed rest. Also, he was only there for a month or so of the time that Gary and I were together, so this is yet another thing that you are saying that you know nothing about. Obviously you have never been in an extremely abusive relationship before. Maybe you need to do some research on battered women's syndrome before you EVER tell an abused woman that she should have just left. You have no idea what I have been through in my life and why I have made the choices that I have. Who are you to tell me anything about what I deserve or do not deserve when you have not walked a single day in my shoes. Obviously you are not a Christian, if you are you are a hypocrite to say these things to someone you do not even know. I do not have 10 years clean, I have 9 years, 1 month, and 1 day clean. My violation I got for my dirty was on August 18, 2003. That is the last time I have ever used. This case violated my drug case yes, but I served my time on that and on Tallen's death. I was in prison for 5 and a half years. I am pretty sure that that is punishment for not being able to protect my child. I am also pretty sure that losing my other child to an adoption and losing all rights to her is also a form of punishment. I say this because you seem to be a bit mixed up on what I was actually in prison for. I also did not get out early as you say I did. In fact I did a year longer in there that was required as my minimum. I was charged with voluntary manslaughter. There were no drugs found in my home at the investigation, yet another thing you do not have your facts straight about. I do not have a big diamond ring on my hand either. Yes I drive a nice car. it runs, does not brak down on me, gets good gas mileage, and it gets me to work which pays the car payments that I make on it. My husband and I work hard for everything that we have and try to get by as best as we can. So what? You say you do not know me, but it seems that you think that you know so much about me. Especially only things that people who know me know about. Are you jealous of the life that I have? Are you so miserable in your own life that you have to stalk me, analyze my life, and tell stories you know nothing about? Get a life and stay out of mine!!!

Anonymous 2,
Where were you when I was going to court and looking for other people that Gary had done this to? The reason that he keeps getting away with what he is doing is because everyone is to afraid to go against him. I do appreciate the fact that you are trying as I am to get the word out about what a monster he is though. Unfortunately everyone wants to speak up when it does no good for my son.

Anonymous said...

So this is Baily baker, I clearly was reading threw everything that was said. It sounds to me like none of you have your story straight. First off I was the one there and saw everything, no body else was. You both are a scum. And need punished, karisa I have hurt me in so many ways. and my dad did not only loose a few years of his life, he lost his family as well as you did because his daughter is adopted his other daughter knows his name and that's it. And im stuck here with nothing but bad memories. Neither of you are right. So shut up. Your not a women your a little kid. Im more matture than you. Im seventeen and remember everything that happened. You son isn't going to be proud of you for moving on, your still a dumb ass for never taking him out of that home. Better yet your IGNORANT AS HELL for even putting a child in that stop.. you new the way he was.and if you where really conserned about it. You would of left my dad before things got this bad. My dad didn't only beat your son but almost took my brother's life away as well. You both have serious issues and you both are wrong. I watched everything with my own eyes. I'm not brain washed anymore and not a little girl. And everyone else. Clearly needs to stop picking sides and stop going off of storys you hear. Your sounding just as dumb. The truth is. They both had a hand in it. No one did more than the other one. Family is family. But my dad was never a father. and karisa you will NEVERA BE A FIT MOTHER EITHER. God bless you all. Tallen buddy I think of you every day. I miss and love you. Wish you didn't have to go so soon. Love, your big sister Baily :)

Anonymous said...

Bailey, so sorry for your pain, sounds as if you have seen things no child should have ever seen. And been through stuff no child should ever have to endure! Sweetie, I wish somebody would have protected you from the horrors of your childhood. I hope somehow, someway your adult life finds you true happiness and love, i know nothing can ever make up for your past I pray you are given the sterngth to become a healthy happy woman who is able to achieve what ever you want to in life. May peace be with you!

Lisapea Noone said...

Last year it showed on mo doc gary was wanted for absconded his parole but he no longer is showing up has he passed away

Kathee Baird said...

@ Lisapea....I'm not sure. I can't find him in custody anywhere in Missouri.


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Karissa said...

No he has not passed away, he went back to prison and finished his sentence and is running around free to ruin other people's lives. You won't see him on there because he is not on parole anymore.

Anonymous said...

karissa nutter, why do you feel justified in damning him for going on with his life when you have done the same? You are not SUPPOSED to be around children, but you do that. Is that not a violation of your parole? You claim to be a victim of severe abuse, which in your pea brain justifies your your part in Tallens MURDER. Now you are going to save the world. Your slate in life is not clean, by choices YOU made, yet if the result ended negatively you blame everybody but yourself. You nor he deserve to see the light of day. Rest in Peace Tallen, you are now protected and taken proper care of something you never knew on earth.

Anonymous said...

First off . Both Karissa and Gary are guilty of murder. A 3 yr old cannot protect themselves. Gary might have done it .but why did it take so long to take the baby to the Dr.? Both are liars. And we not only took care of these druggies and welfare recipients but now we are paying for Karissa college Thank god for tax payers. All I see is Karissa acting like a victim. She always is on Facebook like poor poor me. I lost both my kids. And she is NOT supposed to be around ANY kids. But she does anyway. So what did she learn. How to be a victim and take advantage of taxpayers

karissa nutter said...

Obviously some of you must be confused about what is actually going on with MY life or you like to just make things up as you go along. First of all, I can be around children, not sure where you got that one. I just can't live with one while I am on parole, which I don't so.... Second of all, I take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for what happened to Tallen. It was my fault for being in that situation. If you really know me, and are not just some creeper who thinks they do based on what you think you see on Facebook, or what you hear from other people who think they know what I do on a daily basis, you would know that. At no time have I ever said it is not my fault. Thirdly, when we were not with Gary, my son was taken care of. He was and always will be very loved and you have no idea what you are talking about.
To the next person, were you there at my house when everything happened? Because if you were, you would know it was a holiday weekend and that he had a dr.'s appointment scheduled for the day after we took him to the hospital. He had flu symptoms. I am not sure how other people do it but usually you make them a dr.'s appointment. The second that was not the signs he was showing, we were on our way to the E.R. Also, yes my school is half grants and half student loans. So what? I am a tax payer. So I pay for my school too. I am sorry that you don't have enough responsibility or whatever in your life to want to make changes, but I do. I do not want to keep living my life that way anymore and I will not apologize for trying to better myself. Since you obviously do not know how to punctuate I can only assume that your grades were not good enough or you don't care enough about school. I don't think that I am going to save the world. But if I can help at least one mother to not have to go through what my son and I did, then it will be worth it. What happened was wrong, but that doesn't mean that I have to live the rest of my life in the shadow of what happened. I promise you that there is nothing anyone on this planet can say to me that makes me feel worse than I do every day knowing I am responsible for what happened. I am pretty sure that bettering my life, staying off of drugs, and making something of myself is not me being a victim or someone who takes advantage of tax payers. It makes me a survivor.

Jamie Dice said...

I can see Gary doing something like this for the fact he was with my sister and abused her and my nephew we had to kidnap them and hide them out cuz of him he is dangerous

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