SANTA FE — Investigators are awaiting the final autopsy report to determine if the woman accused of severely injuring her boyfriend’s 4-year-old daughter will face additional charges. Taylor Gene Moore died Saturday morning from injuries that police said she sustained at the hands of Laura Lea Kolb, 36.

Kolb is charged with felony injury to a child and remained in the Galveston County Jail Monday after a judge denied bail.

The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office is done with the autopsy, but the report had not been filed with Santa Fe Police, Capt. Wayne Kessler said. Police are waiting for that report before confirming the girl’s cause of death.

That report is also needed before investigators meet with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office to determine if Kolb will face additional charges.

According to county jail records, Kolb, who initially was to be held on $250,000 bond, had her bail denied by the magistrate judge. The reason for the bond denial could not be confirmed Monday.

Kolb did not have any outstanding warrants at the time of the other charges, officials said.

Police were called to the Santa Fe Courtyards, a 12-unit apartment complex in the 1100 block of 16th Street at 4:12 a.m. Saturday after a frantic phone call for help.

When they arrived, emergency responders found the girl unresponsive in the arms of her father, Kevin Moore. They treated her and took her to Mainland Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead just after 5 a.m.

Police said Kolb is Kevin Moore’s girlfriend but is not the girl’s mother.

Police allege Kolb became upset with Moore after an evening of drinking and that Moore left the second-floor apartment to visit friends nearby.

Police said Kolb initially followed him, and then returned to their apartment, tripping on the stairs on the way up and injuring herself.

Police said they believe Kolb, in a fit of anger, injured Taylor. Kolb was charged with felony injury to a child.

A first-degree felony carries a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum penalty of a life sentence.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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Island Bred

Still no scoop on the dad who left his child to go "visit with friends"??? They BOTH should be in jail. He is just as guilty of endangerment as she is. I'm still wondering just who was watching this little girl while they both were out drinking. Course they could of been responsible parents and just decided to get shiot faced at home in front of the little girl.

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

Margurite, I'm not clear on whether it was just one or both that had been drinking. I wonder if they had made arrangements for her to watch the kid but she came back from drinking later than expected. She may have been upset that he ragged on her for her tardiness. We don't know whether she was blasted or just buzzed, so we don't know whether she was in a state to be able to care for even herself, let alone a child.

The facts we've been presented with are confusing as it is, and I feel there's a lot we don't have yet. Hopefully SFPD and the GCDA's office feel the same.

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