Parents Blame "Demons" for the Death of Their 21-month-old Son
TEXAS — July 27, 2018
A Texas couple was arrested in the death of their 21-month-old son earlier this month. They also stated that “Demons, Evil, something not worldly” had hurt the child
Stevie Dwayne Williams, 24, and Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, 20, were charged with capital murder of a person under 10.
According to the Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett, who observed “visible injuries”, including “bruising” on the child’s rib cage, back and forehead, when the police officers came to Williams' home, the boy was lying unconscious in the hallway.
They called 911. When the EMTs arrived, they attempted to revive the boy, but he died in the home.
"Chagoya-Williams' "only explanation was ’something — not someone — attacked him or something,'" police said.
The baby's father claimed the toddler was fine when he was put to sleep that night, police said.
"Her only explanation was something — not someone — attacked him or something," police said. "Something not worldly” injured the boy, saying it could have been “Demons, Evil," Chagoya-Williams explained.
However, an investigation revealed there had been prior Child Protective Service (CPS) reports regarding the parents and the child.
According to the prior Child Protective Service (CPS) reports, the boy was punished a few times, when he allegedly misbehaved.
The boy had been removed from his parents’ care for nearly a year after he was found with cracked ribs, a fractured wrist, and burns to his "foot, leg and genitals from hot water," the report said.
He was returned to his parents less than six months ago after they completed parenting classes, and were further monitored for the next three months. The boy died three months after the monitoring stopped.
A second child, an 8-month-old girl, was found during a July 4th call with bodily injuries and removed by CPS. The parents face an additional charge of injury to a child with serious bodily injury.
The Williams family called the charges leveled against the parents "ludicrous".
“My son would never harm his son,” Williams’ mother said. “They were the best of parents ... and to say these two could’ve abused these two children — it’s ludicrous.”
The couple was each held on $250,000 bond at the Hays County Jail, according to jail records.