Crime

Documents: Mom's Drunk Boyfriend Beats Toddler To Death (Photo)

| by Denise Recalde

Court documents presented in the trial of an Idaho man charged with murdering an 18-month-old boy paint a disturbingly violent picture of how the toddler met his death. 

Jesus Adan Castillo, 22, of Blackfoot, is accused of killing his girlfriend's son, Zachary Tendoy, in March. After investigating, police charged with him with first-degree murder. 

Court documents state the Bingham County Sheriff's Office responded to a 4  a.m. call for help by the Castillo household, according to the East Idaho News. Zachary had reportedly fallen out of his crib and wasn't breathing. 

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When the paramedics and police arrived at the residence, they found the boy unresponsive, with bluish-gray skin, lying limp on the floor, with vomit on his body, his eyes dilated.

Castillo and his girlfriend, the mother of the boy, whose identity has not been released, were present when paramedics arrived, the Daily Mail reports.

Castillo told police he was taking a shower when he heard a loud thud coming from another room. He says he went to find the source of the sound, as his girlfriend was asleep. 

He says he found a "dazed" Zachary, but claimed the boy seemed OK. When the boy's condition deteriorated, Castillo says he woke up his girlfriend and called 911. 

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Hospital staff treating the boy found multiple skull fractures, brain swelling and severe traumatic injuries, including retinal hemorrhaging, significant blood vessel and valve tears, according to court documents.

"Doctor's explained ... to sustain these injuries in a child of similar size (they would have to have been) in an auto accident at 70 mph .. and the tear in the stomach is equivalent to being secured in only a lap belt of the time of the accident," say court documents. "The doctors described the attack as being very violent,"

When interviewed again by investigators following the medical report's release, Castillo disclosed more details and, at one point, changed his story. 

The documents says Castillo and the boy's mother had spent the evening drinking, after putting Zachary to bed at about 9:30 p.m. His description of events following the claimed thud he heard in the shower was distinctly different than his earlier story, the document states. 

The man tried to soothe Zachary with a bottle but the boy continued to whine. Then, Castillo said he used all his strength to shove the toddler. When the boy wouldn't leave him alone, he says he "heel kicked" the 18-month-year-old, who then started crying. 

Castillo told police he then proceeded to shake the boy and placed him back into his crib, after which he left the room.

He reportedly later found the toddler on the floor next to his playpen, not breathing and on his back.

Authorities arrested Castillo on March 24 and charged him with felony injury and felony aggravated battery, which were subsequently changed to first-degree murder on March 25, which was the day the brain-dead boy died. 

Castillo's bail has been set at $1 million, and he is held in Bingham County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 1. 

Sources: Daily Mail, East Idaho News / Photo credit: Xusenru/Pixabay, Courtesy photo via East Idaho News

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