McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas police have arrested a man accused of fatally beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter when she wouldn’t stop crying as he watched a World Cup game.
McAllen police say 27-year-old Hector Castro is expected to be charged Monday with murder.
Rodriguez says the child was severely beaten and suffered several broken ribs. Police said a screw or bolt was forced down her throat in an apparent attempt to make it look like she chocked to death.
Four other children in Castro’s apartment were placed with social workers.
McAllen is near the U.S.-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas.