- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Police have jailed an Irving man accused of beating his 2-year-old stepson to death, then claiming the baby had a seizure.

The Dallas Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/1qVWlEc ) that 25-year-old Michael Mercado was alone at an apartment on North Belt Line Road with his stepson for hours Wednesday.

About 3 p.m., Mercado called 911 and said the child was having a seizure. Investigators say the child had no previous medical conditions and was otherwise healthy.

He was taken to Children’s Medical Center Dallas and placed on a ventilator. There, officials found internal and external injuries that didn’t match Mercado’s story.

The child died Saturday afternoon, after three days on life support.

Mercado was being held Sunday on a capital murder charge.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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