by R. Cort Kirkwood
Friday, 26 April 2019
The grim headlines got the story half-wrong again.
The Commercial Appeal in Memphis put it this way: “4-month-old baby beaten to death when Memphis man learned he’s not father, police say.”
The Fox News affiliate reported this: “Baby dies after being beaten by Memphis man who learned he was not the child’s father, police say.”
Except a “Memphis man” isn’t the suspect.
The suspect is an illegal alien whom immigration authorities deported five times.
Baby Had Fractured Skull
The 33-year-old “Memphis man,” the Commercial Appeal reported, beat the four-month-old to death because he learned he was not the father.
“Jose Avila-Agurcia is charged with first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child abuse in the death of Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, a baby he thought was his throughout the mother’s pregnancy,” the newspaper reported.
He died on April 12, the newspaper reported, of blunt-force trauma to the head. The beating left him with fractured skull and rib. He had also pneumonia, the newspaper reported. The little fellow never made it to the hospital.
The affidavit, the newspaper reported, said Avila-Agurcia became a suspect after the mother told police that Avila-Agurcia confessed to beating the child. Avila-Agurcia “struck the baby multiple times in the head because he was angry when he learned he wasn’t the child’s father, the affidavit said.”
The Fox affiliate reported that the mother lied to the police when they began investigating. “The mother and her boyfriend, Jose Avila-Agurcia,” Fox reported, “said they did not know what caused the child to stop breathing, police records said.”