24 year old Darnell Alvarez and Blake were arrested by Phoenix police after they were found standing over the child’s body outside of their apartment. An autopsy report showed the child suffered from a lacerated liver, internal bleeding, and bruises all over his body.
According to KPHO:
Alvarez was disciplining the child for wetting himself and the bed, and court documents show that a witness heard the boy being spanked and called it “excessive.” He allegedly hit the child twice with a leather belt in the morning and twice again later in the afternoon after he defecated in his underwear. Blake didn’t intervene because the two had already gotten into an argument and she didn’t want to upset him even further.
Court documents show a witness told investigators he heard Alvarez disciplining the child for wetting himself or the bed, and that he could hear the child being spanked. The witness described the discipline as “excessive.”
The child was found with multiple bruises on his legs, arms, buttocks, back and face, the document shows.
Blake told police she and Alvarez argued earlier in the day and after the child woke they saw he had wet the bed overnight, according to the document. Alvarez allegedly struck the child with a leather belt, and Blake didn’t intervene for fear of upsetting Alvarez more, according to the documents.
She said she went to work and when she returned, her son was lethargic and had multiple bruises and stopped breathing while she and Alvarez argued over taking their son to the hospital, according to the documents.
Alvarez later told police he disciplined the child with a woven belt during the day after he soiled himself and the bathroom.
Both parents were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of child abuse and first-degree murder.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday with a preliminary hearing on May 13.