History of abuse alleged in death of 21-month-old in Kyle

A documented history of abuse is coming to light in a case involving a Kyle couple accused of killing their 21-month-old son in early July.

On Monday, Kyle Police arrested and charged Stevie Dwayne Williams, Jr., 24, and Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, 21, with capital murder of a person under 10 years of age. Authorities also charged the couple with injury of a child due to the condition of their 8-month-old daughter, who has since been place in Child Protective Services (CPS) custody. Both charges are capital felonies, according to a city of Kyle press release.

The case stems from a July 4 call to Kyle Police, who were dispatched for a child who was not breathing to a home in the 300 block of Marquitos Drive in Kyle.

When police arrived, emergency officials were working to revive the victim, who was “cold, stiff, pulseless and apneic,” according to a probably cause affidavit magistrated by Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith.

According to the affidavit, officers said the victim was lying on the floor in a hallway, near the front entrance of the residence. They observed visible injuries to the child, including bruising on his left and right rib area and on his back and forehead.

The child ultimately was pronounced deceased at the scene by Smith.

According to the affidavit, Chagoya-Williams told authorities when Williams entered the victim’s room, he “wasn’t alive anymore.” Chagoya-Wililiams allegedly told authorities her son did not have any bruises on him when he went to sleep, but was unable to provide an explanation for the injuries or his death. Williams said his son did not have visible injuries 24 hours before the incident.

However, Chagoya-Williams’ only explanation was “something (not someone) attacked him or something,” according to the affidavit.

When asked what happened to their children, Williams allegedly told authorities it was something not worldly – “demons, evil.”

According to the affidavit, the victim’s body was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center for examination. A skeletal survey showed approximately 20 separate fractures, including to the skull and ribs, as well as a lacerated spleen.

During the examination, a medical official said it was her opinion that the victim’s injuries indicated “substantial evidence of physical abuse on more than one occasion.” The injuries suffered by the child represented life-threatening physical abuse, according to the affidavit.

On July 6, an autopsy was performed on the victim, who was found to have injuries not consistent with any accident.

Authorities also learned there were prior CPS reports involving Williams and Chagoya-Williams. Those reports showed the victim sustained multiple rib fractures, a wrist or forearm fracture, as well as burns to the lower half of his body from hot water. The date of the incident or incidences is unknown at this time.

CPS removed the victim from Williams and Chagoya-Williams’ care for an 11-month period, and was returned to their care after they both completed parenting classes.

CPS monitored the victim for the next three months, which CPS ultimately stopped. The child was found dead three months later, according to the affidavit.

Both Williams and Chagoya-Williams are being held in the Hays County Jail on $250,000 bond for the injury to a child charge. No bond was set for the capital murder charge, according to Hays County Jail records.

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