Irving man beat to death 2-year-old child because boy wiped feces on him, police say

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A 23-year-old Irving man is accused of beating to death a 2-year-old boy at an Irving home earlier this week after the child wiped feces on him, Irving police said Friday.

Arturo Santiago Pena-Almanza Jr. hit the boy several times during the incident on Tuesday in the 300 block of Brown Drive in Irving.

Initially, the man was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child, but investigators determined that the boy’s death was not an accident.

Pena-Almanza’s charge was upgraded to capital murder of a person under 10. He was in the Dallas County Jail Friday.

The boy was identified as 2-year-old Jeremiah Degrate Rios. He was the son of a woman that Pena-Almanza had been dating. All three lived in the Irving home.

Irving police responded to a report of an unconscious person at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on Brown Drive.

Irving police and firefighters found the body inside of the home.

During an interview with detectives on Thursday, Pena-Almanza confessed to killing the boy by hitting him multiple times.

Anyone with information on the case should call Irving police at 972-273-1010 or submit tips to ipdcrimetips@cityofirving.org.

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