PALESTINE, Texas — An East Texas father was arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the death of his four-month-old infant, according to the Palestine Police Department. The child's mother was also arrested and charged with endangering a child.
On November 12, 2019, 34-year-old Jerry Torrez of Palestine, Texas, was arrested by the Palestine Police Department at the Palestine Regional ER where the infant, identified by police as four-month-old Nathaniel Torrez, was brought in unresponsive. There, doctors discovered the infant had suffered numerous rib fractures, a fractured right arm, and a skull fracture that led to a brain bleed.
The infant was transported to a Houston, Texas, hospital where he was pronounced deceased on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
An autopsy performed on Sunday ruled the infant's death a homicide, according to the Palestine Police Department.
Jerry Torrez, who was initially charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, was charged on December 17, 2019, with capital murder. He is being held at the Anderson County Jail on no bond.
On Dec. 14, the Palestine Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for the infant's mother, 26-year-old Adalinn Avellaneda of Palestine, Texas, on a charge for endangering a child. She is also being held at the Anderson County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
“This has been an emotional case. No child should ever have to experience this.” stated Interim Police Chief Mark Harcrow. “We will continue to work closely with the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office as we move forward with this case."
“This act of intentional human loss is inexcusable. We will seek justice for Nathaniel,” stated Anderson County District Attorney Allyson Mitchell.