A Phoenix couple are facing first-degree murder and child abuse charges in the beating death of their 2-year-old son.
Phoenix police officers and Phoenix Fire Department paramedics responded to the family's apartment near 83rd Avenue and McDowell Road for a report of a child not breathing. They found the boy unresponsive and paramedics transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A witness told police that he heard the boy's father, Darnell Moses Alvarez, 24, disciplining him in the morning and again in the afternoon. He said he did not see the discipline but described it as "excessive."
The boy's mother, Davieanna Marlena Blake, 21, told investigators that Alvarez hit the child with a belt after discovering he had wet himself. Blake said she did not intervene because she did not want to upset Alvarez any further, according to the documents.