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Parents arrested in connection with beating death of son

Darnell Moses Alvarez, 24, left, and Davieanna Marlena Blake, 21, were arrested by Phoenix police on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse in the beating death of their son. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Darnell Moses Alvarez, 24, left, and Davieanna Marlena Blake, 21, were arrested by Phoenix police on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse in the beating death of their son. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

 

A Phoenix mother and father face possible first-degree murder charges after their 2-year-old son was found dead outside their apartment Wednesday.

Davieanna Marlena Blake, 21, and Darnell Moses Alvarez, 24, were arrested by Phoenix police the couple were found standing next to the body of their child outside the apartment.

Court documents show a witness told investigators he heard Alvarez disciplining the child for wetting himself or the bed, and that he could hear the child being spanked. The witness described the discipline as "excessive."

The child was found with multiple bruises on his legs, arms, buttocks, back and face, the document shows.

Blake told police she and Alvarez argued earlier in the day and after the child woke they saw he had wet the bed overnight, according to the document. Alvarez allegedly struck the child with a leather belt, and Blake didn't intervene for fear of upsetting Alvarez more, according to the documents.

She said she went to work and when she returned, her son was lethargic and had multiple bruises and stopped breathing while she and Alvarez argued over taking their son to the hospital, according to the documents.

Alvarez later told police he disciplined the child with a woven belt during the day after he soiled himself and the bathroom.

An autopsy showed the child suffered a lacerated liver, severe internal bleeding and multiple bruising throughout his body, inconsistent with being struck with a belt only, according to the documents.

Both parents were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of child abuse and first-degree murder.

Their next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday with a preliminary hearing on May 13.

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