Hearing cancelled in baby death case

The change-of-plea hearing for a 19-year-old Odessa woman charged in connection with the 2022 death of her 7-month-old son was cancelled Wednesday.

Ector County District Attorney Dusty Gallivan declined to say why Leyla Pierson’s hearing was cancelled. He said no new date was set.

Pierson and Kameron Gammage were arrested in July 2022 after they called 911 about an unresponsive baby and officers found their 7-month-old son, Logan, dead, his head covered in bruises. An autopsy revealed the child had also been strangled.

Gammage, then 24, pleaded guilty to murder and injury to a child before he was even arraigned on the charges and was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years.

Pierson was indicted on two counts of injury to a child, a first-degree felony punishable by five years to life in prison.

She was released from the Ector County jail Dec. 21, 2o22, after posting surety bonds totaling $200,000. However, her bond was revoked in May 2023 when the bail bond company informed the judge they couldn’t verify her address.

She’s now being held without bond.