Darnell Alvarez Beat His 2-Year-Old Son to Death With a Belt, Cops Say

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Darnell Alvarez
A 24-year-old Phoenix man beat his 2-year-old son to death with a belt while the child's mother failed to act before her child's death, police say.

Darnell Alvarez, and Davieanna Blake, the child's parents, left their child to die instead of getting medical attention, fearing that Child Protective Services would be called if they took him to the hospital, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

Phoenix police and fire responded to the couple's apartment on Wednesday to treat the child, but he was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

A witness told police he heard Alvarez "giving discipline" for the child wetting the bed. He only heard this discipline, but also heard him spanking his son again that afternoon.

"He described the discipline as excessive," a probable-cause statement says.

Blake, 21, said Alvarez hit their son about five times with the belt that morning for wetting the bed.

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Davieanna Blake
"She did not intervene because she did not want to upset Darnell any further," the probable-cause statement says.

Blake went to work, and the witness who told police about the incidents also informed Blake that Alvarez had given the "discipline" to the boy while she was gone.

Blake saw the child was bruised and lethargic, and said she wanted to take the boy to the hospital, but Alvarez didn't want CPS involved.

"During this discussion the child cease[d] breathing and became completely unconscious," the probable-cause statement says.

Blake insisted to police that her son had no bruises when she left for work, and "Darnell is the one that administers discipline in the family," according to court documents.

Alvarez admitted to striking the boy twice with a belt in the morning for wetting the bed, and hit him twice again in the afternoon after defecating in his underwear.

"The child dropped to the floor and attempted to roll away," the probable-cause statement says. "Darnell continued to follow the child, striking him repeatedly as the child continued to follow the child, striking him repeatedly as the child continued to try to get away."

The boy wouldn't eat later, and according to the court documents, "Darnell stated he may have been heavy handed when disciplining the child."

Alvarez said he only hit the child with the belt, and nothing else, and said it was "his fault" that his son died, according to the documents.

In the boy's autopsy, he was found to have a lacerated liver, internal bleeding, and bruising all over his body -- injuries that are consistent with being struck with a belt, according to the documents.

Both Alvarez and Blake were booked into jail on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. Alvarez's bond was set at $500,000, and Blake's was set at $250,000.

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FrauBlucher
FrauBlucher

yes, it's possible this guy was also abused as a kid, and the woman too. So, guess what. Don't have kids! use birth control, have an abortion or give the child up, call CPS if you feel you are unable to take care of the kid. You don't have to beat the kid to death. There is no excuse! you're adults and are capable of making decisions.

weasel0522
weasel0522

I hope he rots in prison and is repeatedly assaulted there. My son while gully potty trained at 22 months during waking hours still wets the bed at night. Hes now 4 and still does. Its involuntary! My other son just turned 3 & is just starting to understand it. I woulf never punish them for that especially a BELT on a kid let alone a 2 yr old. And to me the mom is just as guilty

kialanise
kialanise

The things you guys are saying is so rude , i mean yes he wasn't in the right for beating his son , but he is someone child , you guys dont know what he's been threw nor the real story ! & he was man enough to admit beating his son ! & only god knows what happened & he'll be a man & pay for his consequences . R.I.P blake i love you , & your cousin misses you .

KennyKiklar
KennyKiklar

Trust me, when he ends up in general population in jail/prison and they find out what he did, someone will be take care of him.  They don't take kindly to people who hurt kids in there.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Lissen muhfuggah othah inmates gonna be givin' y'all displin in da joint way you gonna be one daid muhfuggah. Hear?

AZHighways
AZHighways

Send them both to prison & make sure the inmates know what they did.  Jail House Justice hopefully will beat them to death.

Lori Hamilton Eike
Lori Hamilton Eike

how do you beat a 2 year old for wetting the bed obviously they NEVER GOT HIM POTTY TRAINED...the parents should both fry

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

One more reason an aptitude test should be required to breed.

Larry Brown
Larry Brown

Punk ass Bitch!! Wait till he gets to prison they'll deal with him!!

Claudia McCormack
Claudia McCormack

Somebody should beat the S**t out of him until his last breath!

Joe Abrahamson
Joe Abrahamson

Why put him in jail where we have to support him for any length of time. Put him in the middle of the desert with no water and wish him as good a luck as he showed his son.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

give him 80 years in jail with no parole.

Andrea Dana
Andrea Dana

Disgusting people. They shouldn't be allowed to breed.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Judging by his picture, it looks like somebody gave him the beating he deserves. He looks pretty bruised up.  He deserves more than a good beating.

don.dodondo
don.dodondo

@kialanise I don't care what he has been through, he beat his own 2-year-old to death for wetting the bed!  He should burn to death for what he did.

memyselfandi
memyselfandi

@kialanise Picture this image.."The child dropped to the floor and attempted to roll away," That tiny small child in so much agony and so much fear and YOU DEFEND HIM! If you are related then something has seriously gone wrong in your whole family and YOU ALL need to be investigated by Social Services because no one unless they are insane OR equally as brutal, pig ignorant, bullying themselves as he is and even try to attempt to gloss over it NEEDS to be investigated themselves for their ability to childrear.

dustie.borghesi
dustie.borghesi

Kialanise

How dare you stick up for a child killer. don't give a shit if you are this murderers family or not. If someone in my family did this, sticking up for that person would be the last thing on my mind. "Hardy life" fuck that lots of people have hard lives and don't kill ther child. Your cousin who had this "hard life" should have done EVERYTHING in his power to make sure his son had the best life you fucking. dumbfuck. 2YEAR OLDS NEED POTTY TRAINING. this makes me sick. I would love to see you in person and beat your ass with a belt. Sorry son of a bitch

kimgraves
kimgraves

you are an idiot!!! he beat a 2 yr old to death and he should be forgiven cause he had a hard life...screw that shit .. your cousin sucks ass and so does his woman...big man beating a 2 yr old for not being toilet trained...nasty family

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan says the guy who issues death threats online and other forms of intimidation..and never backs it up. 

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