Bryan County man sentenced to 4 years in death of toddler; family speaks out

Published: Dec. 8, 2017 at 6:15 PM CST
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A Bryan County man charged with the death of a toddler in an ATV accident is headed to prison, but his mother says justice has not been served.

"He was very loving, he would always come to me whenever I was upset and would sit by me," said 19 month-old Kayson Black's mom, Tara Black. She fights back tears remembering how her world changed when Kayson was born.

"And when I held him in my arms I knew that that was my world," said Black.

Here off Leavenworth Trail in Mead, there's now a makeshift memorial to Kayson's short life.

In November, a jury found Steven Matlock (NATS perp) guilty for killing Kayson in 2015.

Authorities said he hot wired an ATV, causing it to jump and pin the toddler between the ATV and another car. Court documents state Matlock, the Black's neighbor, was under the influence of meth at the time. Kayson's mom was standing right next to her toddler when he was pinned. Kayson died in a Dallas hospital from head injuries.

"When this happened and Steven Matlock took his life, my world got crushed," said Black. "I'll never be able to look my son in his eyes and listen to his little heartbeat and listen to his little laugh. I'll never get that back."

The jury recommended four years in prison and the judge agreed. But Kayson's family said four years is too short a sentence for a lifetime without their little boy.

"Kayson's memory will always be with me but he did not get justice today," said Black. "Four years is not enough time for him to see how much pain and misery he's caused this family."

The only message the family has for Matlock is that they wish no harm will come to him, but hopes he feels guilty for what he did.

Matlock is eligible for parole in just under three and a half years.