Thursday, December 25, 2008

Justice receives a Xmas present

Charges upgraded to capital murder.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Fernandez.

Toddler dies, mom’s boyfriend charged

An Atascosa County man already in custody in connection with an injured child was charged with capital murder late Tuesday after the child died, according to the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Mia Gonzalez, 2, of Poteet died Monday as a result of massive blunt force trauma to the head, Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Soward said, noting that the Bexar County medical examiner’s office determined the manner of death to be homicide.

James Paul Fernandez, 25, had been arrested Dec. 18 and charged with first-degree injury to a child after Mia, his girlfriend’s daughter, suffered the injuries while in his care, Soward said.

University Hospital initially notified sheriff’s investigators of Mia’s life-threatening injuries last week after the girl’s older brother came home to find the girl unresponsive, Soward said.
Fernandez is being held in Atascosa County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond