KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The parents of a 2-year-old boy who died this month in Kyle have been arrested and charged with causing his death as well as allegedly injuring their 9-month-old girl.
Stevie Dwayne Williams, 24, and Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, 20, were arrested Monday and charged with capital murder of a person under 10 years old and injury to a child.
Kyle police say they responded to the family’s home in the 300 block of Marquitos Drive on the Fourth of July holiday. When they arrived, officers found the child was not breathing. They also found the toddler had “bruising on his left and right rib area, bruising on his back and bruising on his forehead.”
Hays County Justice of the Peace Beth Smith originally told KXAN it did not appear to be a natural death and there were some “worrisome findings.”
Child Protective Services says it had previous encounters with the family involving the son. On July 4, CPS says they immediately removed the 9-month-old daughter and placed her in foster care.
Several neighbors tell KXAN they know the parents and say they are shocked. They say they seemed like good parents and were always outside playing with the children.
Stevie’s mother, the children’s grandmother, told KXAN she saw the children several times a week and never noticed anything that raised a red flag.
“My son would never harm his son,” she said. “They were the best of parents… and to say these two could’ve abused these two children — it’s ludicrous.”
The police chief was unavailable for an interview Monday, and the arrest affidavits were not yet filed with the district’s clerks office.