Texas Mother and her Girlfriend Arrested for Murder of her 4-Year-Old Son

A mother and her girlfriend were arrested on capital murder charges Friday regarding their 4-year-old son being beaten death in Fort Worth, Texas.

The mother Shannon Gray, 23, and her 24-year-old Girlfriend Reyna Marie Sanchez both face a capital murder charge in connection with the death of Gray’s son, Stetson Blackburn,

The Fort Worth Police Department said Tennessee authorities arrested Gray and Sanchez was arrested by the FWPD’s fugitive unit. the department also shared a press release detailing the investigation.

The press release said “Sanchez admitted that on the night before Stetson became unresponsive she kicked Stetson in the ribs because he was only drying off in one spot after taking a shower,” it also said that “Sanchez admitted to previous physical abuse before this incident – one example she gave was lifting him up off the ground by his neck,”

According to Star-Telegram

The mother of a 4-year-old boy and her girlfriend beat the child to death in Fort Worth in March, police alleged Friday as they arrested the women on suspicion of capital murder of a person under 10.

Lying and taking too long to dry off after a shower were the perceived transgressions that led to Stetson Blackburn’s abuse and death, caused in part by blows to his head with a belt, the suspects said in separate interviews with detectives that are described in arrest warrant affidavits.

Stetson’s mother, Shannon Gray, 23, was arrested by Tennessee authorities. Reyna Sanchez, 24, was arrested by Fort Worth police. The cause and manner of death ruling from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office came about three weeks ago.

Stetson died of blunt-force trauma. He suffered cardiac arrest, acute respiratory failure, a subdural hematoma and a traumatic brain injury, a physician told police.

The boy was declared brain dead on March 21, two days after he arrived at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

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