Mom had already been found guilty of capital murder and is sentenced to death.
The poor little girl, mariah, never stood a chance.
Court hears testimony in father's trial
Man charged with two counts of injury to child
By LAURA B. MARTINEZ, The Brownsville Herald
Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a Harlingen father charged with two counts of injury to a child.
Authorities said Roberto Antonio Alvarez, 39, failed to provide medical care to his daughter 2 1/2-year-old Mariah Alvarez, of Harlingen, after she sustained serious bodily injury in February 2007. The little girl died.
In June 2008 her mother, Melissa Lucio, was convicted of capital murder in the beating death. She was sentenced to death.
Authorities said Mariah Alavarez died from blunt trauma to her head. She also had bruising, bite marks on her back and injuries to her kidneys and liver.
An emergency room doctor said it was the worst case of child abuse he had ever seen.