Howard was previously charged with domestic abuse assault and battery in January the same time his ex-wife filed a protective order against him. The charge was deferred after a guilty plea in February.
Hosler’s mother also filed a protective order against Howard after Kiyla’s death.
Howard may receive one of three punishments, life with parole, life without parole or death, District Attorney Greg Mashburn said. The sought form of punishment will be determined after more evidence is reviewed and after speaking with the family.
Mashburn said it is undetermined if any other parties will be charged with Kiyla’s death.
To those suspicious that a child is being abused, call the police or the DHS hotline at 1-800-522-3511.