A Texas man was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole after he beat to death his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter after she failed to put her shoes on the correct feet.
The incident that resulted in the child’s death took place just moments before they were headed to a local store to pick up supplies for her upcoming birthday party.
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A Bell County, Texas, judge sentenced 27-year-old Jadin Nunez to life in prison last week after a jury of his peers found him guilty of murdering 2-year-old Shannah McAlpine in 2019.
The incident unfolded in Sept. 2019 when the child reportedly put her shoes on the wrong feet, apparently enraging Nunez in the process.
Nunez, according to police, began beating Shannah, striking her across the face and then forcefully punching her in the stomach at least three times while he held her in the air.
Shannah’s mother, Ashley Marie McAlpine, then reportedly discovered the child in distress and said that she whisked her from the room and placed her on a bed elsewhere in the home. Nunez, she said, then came into the room and reportedly began choking the child with both hands. McApline said that the child began to turn blue, but Nunez refused to give up. When he did stop choking her, the child gasped for breath and curled into a fetal position, she recalled.
Later on that night, McAlpine said that she awakened to hear her daughter crying and tried to ply her with food and drink before realizing that the child’s stomach was swollen and hot, but the rest of her body was cold.
McAlpine said that she tried to put her daughter in the shower, but the child was unable to stand and could not breathe.
She soon phoned 911 and summoned first responders to the home.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered the child unresponsive and covered in bruises.
Authorities determined that the child — who was just days away from her third birthday — died of blunt force trauma to her stomach and arrested Nunez two days after the child’s death.
McAlpine faces charges of injury to a child after authorities said she allegedly failed to stop Nunez from beating her child. According to the Killeen Daily Herald, McApline is being held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond on the first-degree felony charge.
A child protective service report alleged that McAlpine was aware that Nunez was beating her children but did nothing to stop it.
McAlpine has pleaded not guilty and is due in court on Friday.
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