Shortly after her mother appeared in court, accused in the fatal shooting of a Dickson County sergeant, Erika Castro-Miles’ daughter offered her apologies to the Baker family.
“I imagine what they feel, and I honestly want to apologize to them myself. It wasn’t my act, but I imagine it. I know how it is growing up without a dad. I know how it is just having your mom and the family you can rely on. I know how that is firsthand. It’s not a matter of my dad passed away or anything, it was just a matter of he didn’t want to have anything to do with me,” Brayden Castro said.
The 19-year-old woman told News 2 her mother is a good person, but that she was at a “bad place at a bad time.”
“She’s not a bad person, she’s one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life, and I get that she’s my mom, but you know growing up was a hellhole with a single mom. But she did everything in her power. She didn’t just take on her three kids, she took on every friend of ours, and anybody that she could,” Brayden said.
The young woman said she has spoken to her mother since her arrest nearly three months ago. She would not elaborate on what those conversations consisted of.
When asked if she knew Steven Wiggins, who is also accused in the case, she replied, yes.
“I have a lot of thoughts on him, but they are not thoughts to put on record.”
She added, “I can say in my personal experience that he’s terrifying to be around. He scares me. You look at someone who says, he won’t go back to jail, he’s said that to me too.”
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Brayden said she has dropped out of college since her mother’s arrest and plans to be at all the upcoming court dates.
“I don’t have anything. I left everything I had to come here. I imagine I am going to stay through all of it,” she said.
Castro-Miles sat quietly during Tuesday’s more than two-hour preliminary hearing. She never made contact with Wiggins and often sat with her head lowered.