Babysitter Charged With Killing 1-Year-Old in Fit of Rage Over ‘Ripped Pillow’

Suspect admits inflicting internal injuries to 1-year-old in his care, police say

Image Credits: El Paso Police.

A man has been charged with capital murder in the killing of a 1-year-old child he was babysitting in Texas, according to reports.

El Paso police arrested Marvin Rex Lake, 24, following the death of Ahren Joshua DeHart last week.

Lake had reportedly been watching the baby and two more young children while their mothers were at work on April 12.

During the evening, Lake called one of the women to say Ahren had “rag-dolled” and vomited a red substance, according to an affidavit reviewed by KFOX.

When the boy’s mother reached the home where Lake and the children were located, she discovered her son was unresponsive.

“Police were called to Children’s Medical Center in El Paso in the early morning hours of April 13 after doctors realized the infant was suffering from acute injuries ‘non-accidental’ in nature,” KWTX reports.

Doctors discovered the child was suffering from an array of injuries including brain damage, fractured skull, and lung hemorrhaging.

Ahren succumbed to his wounds on April 16.

“When police investigators confronted Lake about DeHart’s other injuries, Lake explained he grabbed DeHart in a football hold tightly after getting upset at DeHart for ripping a pillow,” KFOX reports.

Lake reportedly told investigators he “had anger issues” and was unaware of his own strength.

“I did not hurt his head, I only caused the internal injuries,” Lark told police.

A medical examiner “declared DeHart’s death intentional trauma/homicide,” according to KFOX.

The other children in Lake’s care also suffered injuries, authorities say.


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