Jay Isaiah Allen has been charged with capital murder in the death of Quintavious Trejo, 3.
Authorities say that Trejo was discovered deceased in a wooded location, close to Daniel Drive, in Belton, Texas, on October 22. Evidence of trauma was noted, and his death is being reviewed as a homicide.
Police stated that a woman alerted them towards the body. Visible signs of bruising to the face and body, and dried up blood could be observed on the child’s face and clothes.
Three women who were at the location stated that they were family members of the victim. They added that Allen had called people telling them that he had made a bad mistake.
The women told authorities that Allen pointed out where the body was, and when they contacted police, he took one of their vehicles and drove away.
Allen is said to be a relative of the child and women.
Later, he was taken into custody after a police pursuit that resulted in a wreck. He received medical attention and then agreed to talk to detectives.
Police say that Allen confessed to punching Trejo in the chest because he was crying during a diaper change. He stated that the child’s ribs may have been broken.
Allen eventually laid Trejo in the bed with other children who had told him that the child was making weird noises. Allen said that he patted the child’s back until he fell back to sleep.
Later that night, Allen discovered that the child wasn’t breathing and tried to administer CPR. He said that he contacted family members prior to taking Trejo and fleeing the residence. He added that he dropped the body as he was running to get assistance.
Detectives say that Allen’s account of what happened doesn’t match up with where he said he was going and where the body was located.
He has now been officially charged with capital murder and tampering with evidence.
Trejo’s official cause of death hasn’t been disclosed at this time.