A stepfather who murdered his stepson called 911 and claimed the boy had suffered a seizure, according to authorities.
Michael Mercado, 25, was looking after two-year-old Dionicio Mendoza alone at their home in Irving, Texas on Wednesday afternoon when he called 911 to say the boy was ill.
When emergency services arrived, Dionicio, who had no history of health issues, had obvious signs of trauma, including bruises and injuries over his body and internal injuries, police told FoxDFW.
The youngster was transported to Children’s Medical Medical Center Dallas and was placed on a ventilator.
But on Friday, doctors declared him brain dead and he was taken off life support. He passed away on Saturday afternoon and his family have donated his organs.
An autopsy is still underway to determine his cause of death.