A Georgetown man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the beating death of a two-year-old boy.
Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Ray Jimenez told police that he beat the child out of frustration “until he quit moving around.”
Police were first alerted to the two-year-old’s death by staff at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital on Saturday. They said the boy was brought to their emergency room by Jimenez who then left. The boy’s mother, 18-year-old Monica Alvarado-Garcia, was contacted and responded to the hospital.
According to Captain Roland Waits with the Georgetown Police Department, the hospital’s staff noted to police that the boy had suffered unusual brusing on the boy’s body.
Jiminez initially told detectives that he had taken a nap on Saturday and when he awoke, the baby was laying unresponsive at the bottom of a stairwell. He unsuccessfully tried to revive the child by putting him into a bathtub, then laid the baby down in bed. Jiminez said he was hungover from drinking the night before and laid down with the baby. When Jimenez woke up, the baby was not breathing which is when Jimenez took the toddler to the ER.
An autopsy conducted the next day disputed Jimenez’s story. The Travis County Medical Examiner found significant bruising around the baby’s abdomen and ruled that it was caused by “tremendous blunt force,” and ruled the boy’s death a homicide.
On Tuesday, a capital murder warrant was issued for Jimenez who was arrested and booked into Williamson County Jail shortly after. He then confessed to detectives he had beaten the child to keep the boy from moving around.
Jimenez is still in custody on a $1,000,000 bond.