Irving man beat to death 2-year-old child because boy wiped feces on him, police say
A 23-year-old Irving man is accused of beating a 2-year-old boy to death in an Irving home earlier this week after the child wiped him with feces, Irving police said Friday.
Arturo Santiago Pena-Almanza Jr. hit the boy several times during the incident on Tuesday at 300 block of Brown Drive, Irving.
The man was initially arrested on Wednesday for abandoning or endangering a child, but investigators found the boy's death was not an accident.
The Pena-Almanza charges have been upgraded to capital murder of a person under the age of 10. He was in Dallas County Jail Friday.
The boy was identified as 2-year-old Jeremiah Degrate Rios. He was the son of a woman Pena-Almanza was with. All three lived in Irving's house.
Irving Police responded to a report of an unconscious person at around 9:30 a.m. on Brown Drive Tuesday.
The Irving Police and Fire Department found the body inside the house.
During an interview with detectives on Thursday, Pena-Almanza confessed to killing the boy by being beaten several times.
Anyone with information on the case should call the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010 or send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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