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Baby’s caregiver charged in death
by Gary Kent
Nov 30, 2012 | 6899 views | 3 3 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — A Beeville man who was in charge of a 20-month-old child two years ago faces a possible death penalty if he is convicted of capital murder in the death of the toddler.

The defendant, Gabriel Velasquez, was reported to be 28 years old when the child died on May 12, 2010, according to a Bee County Grand Jury indictment returned last Thursday, Nov. 29.

The victim was identified as Elias Ramos Torres at the time of his death. The case was being investigated at the time by Texas Ranger Andy Lopez and Beeville Police Department Detective René Guerrero.

Lopez has since retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Ranger James Bennett has taken over the investigation.

Bennett said the defendant was the child’s caregiver at the time.

The indictment included three counts of injury to a child against the defendant. Those included an allegation that he pinched and squeezed the victim’s scrotum during an incident on April 2, 2010. The second count of the indictment alleged that the defendant burned the child with a fork and broke some of the child’s ribs on May 10.

Then on May 12, the indictment alleges that Velasquez threw the child against a hard, stationary object “unknown to the grand jury.”

That caused the victim’s death.

Each of the first three counts of the indictment were third degree felonies. If convicted of any of them, he could be sentenced to a prison term of up to 10 years and fined $10,000.

The fourth count of the indictment said “capital murder-death penalty.

District Judge Joel Johnson set the defendant’s bond at $100,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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LilMomma361
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December 16, 2012
There was more than 1 person involved in the murder of ELIAS TORRES. It wasn't just the caregiver. Look in the direction of the mother. I pray that all involved will be convicted and sentenced and that it will be known that Justice prevails in Beeville to the fullest extent of the law. ELIAS, I carry you in my heart forever and a day. - Grandma
mashank1
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December 02, 2012
There is more then one person responsible,the mother had to have known,seen and been concerned why her child was crying all the time, broken ribs,burn marks, there was more not printed. This little boy suffered for a long time.Justice will only come when she takes responsibility for her part too. The first time I saw and kissed my nephew he laid in a casket. I will not rest until they pay for what they did.
concerned person
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December 01, 2012
he will get his HOPEFULLY the judicial system works