A Texas couple have been arrested for allegedly causing the death of their two-year-old son earlier this month – which the parents blamed on demons – and severely injuring their infant daughter.
Stevie Dwayne Williams, 24, and his wife, 20-year-old Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams, were arrested on Monday in Kyle, Texas, and charged with capital murder of a person under 10 years in connection to the July 4 death of their 21-month-old son.
Both parents also have been charged with injury to a child for allegedly assaulting their eight-month-old daughter.
Parents charged: Stevie Dwayne Williams (left), 24, and his wife, 20-year-old Dazrine Ruth Chagoya-Williams (right), are accused of causing the death of their 21-year-old son on July 4
Mason Williams was found unresponsive and covered in bruises in the hallway at his parents’ home in Kyle, Texas
Police officers responded to the family’s home in the 300 block of Marquitos Drive in Kyle on July 4 and found their eldest son, named on social media as Mason, lying unresponsive in the hallway, reported KXAN.
Officers observed that the toddler had bruising in his ribs, his back and his forehead. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His eight-month-old sister had 20 separate fractures and a laceration on her kidney, according to police.
When interviewed by investigators, the children’s mother said when her husband entered their son’s bedroom, he was already dead. She claimed the boy did not have any bruises on him when he went to sleep.
Chagoya-Williams’ ‘only explanation was “something (not someone) attacked him or something,”‘ an arrest affidavit stated.
Chagoya-Williams told police ‘something’ had attacked her son. Her husband said ‘something not worldly, ‘ such as ‘demons’ or ‘evil,’ had harmed his son
The Williams couple temporarily lost custody of their son a year ago after the boy (pictured) was found covered in fractures and burns
Williams offered a similar explanation, suggesting that ‘something not worldly, ‘ such as ‘demons’ or ‘evil,’ had harmed his son.
Child Protective Services had been in contact with the family in the past. According to the affidavit, Mason Williams had been removed from his parents’ care for nearly a year after he was discovered suffering from a broken wrist, cracked ribs and burns to his limbs and genitals from hot water in the spring of 2017.
After Williams and Chagoya-Williams completed parenting classes six months ago, they regained custody of the boy. CPS had stopped monitoring the family three months ago.
Following Mason’s death on July 4, CPS caseworkers removed his injured baby sister from the home and placed her with a foster family.
Williams’ mother has spoken out in defense of her son and daughter-in-law, insisting that the pair were ‘the best of parent’s and dismissing the allegations against them as ‘ludicrous.’
‘My son would never harm his son,’ the victim’s grandmother stated, noting that she visited her grandchildren several times a week and never oticed anything suspicious.
The husband and wife are being held at Hays County Jail on $250,000 bail each.