Teenager arrested in shooting death of eight-year-old boy

A 16-year-old female is now in custody at a juvenile detention center following the death of an eight-year old victim. Funeral services for third grader Logan Blackwell will be held in Mount Pleasant Sunday, Jan. 1

Charged with second-degree manslaughter, the name of the teenager has been withheld because she is a minor. According to reports, Titus County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputies and investigators were called to a mobile home residence located on Private Road 2321 just off Farm-to-Market Road 3417 on Dec. 29.

Initial reports indicated a young child had been seriously injured as a result of a shot fired from a pellet or air rifle. Logan Blackwell, 8, was immediately transported to Titus Regional Medical Center and later to Children’s Hospital in Dallas where he succumbed to his injuries four days later on Jan. 2. An autopsy was then ordered with the final cause of death still pending. A full investigation by the Titus County Sheriff’s Office later determined that a group of children were outside the residence that Sunday playing in the yard when the young victim was shot–on purpose.

“Logan was struck one time, but it just shows how powerful pellet rifles can be,” TSCO Lieutenant Chris Bragg said. “Some of those rifles are just as dangerous and can be just as deadly as a .22 (caliber) long rifle. It’s such a tragic case.”

The 16-year-old was arrested Jan. 10 and booked on the felony offense.

Funeral services for Logan Blake Blackwell, born Jan. 26, 2011, will be held Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God, located at 2115 N. Edwards Ave. in Mount Pleasant. Interment will follow at the Nevill’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Curry-Welborn Funeral Home, locate at 2256 N. Edwards Ave.

Described as having the prettiest blue eyes, long eyelashes and boundless energy, Logan is survived by his mother, Crissty Blackwell, father, Jason Blackwell, brothers Jason Blackwell, Jr. and Preston Blackwell; and sister Adalynn Blackwell; his “Nana” Donna Cheatham and adored “buddy” Ruben Zepahua. A student at Frances Corprew Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, Logan is also survived by grandparents, Jane and Wayne Blackwell, aunt Misty Rojas, uncles, Rusty Cheatham and wife Tori Cheatham and Austin Cheatham; cousins, Nathali, Christian, Hope, Marcelina, Kala, Royalty, Carson, Faith-Ann, Kaelynn, Madison Thompson. He is also survived by special family members Brenda Thompson, Dusty Thompson, Brandon Thompson, Cindy Martin, Tim Martin, Tommy and Misty Martin and Grace Martin.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the Blackwell family during this tragic time.