In California, a 29-year-old man named Izzac Murillo has been sentenced to 54 years to life in a state penitentiary by a Tulare County Superior Court judge. Murillo was convicted for the asault and mrder of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in 2015. The child was brutally bea.ten with brass knuckles, resulting in injuries comparable to those seen in a severe car accident.
Murillo entered a plea of no contest in April, acknowledging his guilt on charges including first-degree mrder, asault on a child causing d*ath, domestic violence, false imprisonment by violence, and possession of metal knuckles.
According to an official statement issued by the county prosecutor’s office, the incident took place in the early hours of July 24, 2015. Officers from the Porterville Police Department were called to a residence after receiving a report about an unconscious toddler.
Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered a 2-year-old boy who was unresponsive and not breathing. The child was immediately transported to a hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.
Based on the investigation, prosecutors revealed that the toddler exhibited signs of internal injuries, including a distended abdomen and genital area. Furthermore, the child had bruises on the head, face, and chin, along with abrasions on the lips and gums, indicating that he had been struck in the face.
Medical professionals informed the investigators that the victim suffered from severe internal bleeding, which resulted from lacerations and the complete severing of the victim’s bowel. Additionally, the child had bruising and swelling on the genitals.
According to the doctors’ assessment, the injuries sustained by the child resembled those typically observed in victims involved in a car collision, where the abdomen forcefully impacts the steering wheel.
While medical professionals attended to the injured child, law enforcement officers engaged in a conversation with the victim’s mother, Adriana Vasquez, who was 29 years old at the time. Vasquez exhibited bruises on her face and left eye. She disclosed that Izzac Murillo had a history of violence and frequently subjected her to physical ab*se, often restraining her against her will using rope in their bedroom. When confronted by officers regarding the injuries sustained by Vasquez and the child, Murillo vehemently denied responsibility using profane and emotional language, according to statements from the prosecutors.
During the investigation, detectives discovered rope and brass knuckles inside Murillo’s bedroom.
It was revealed that Vasquez was a methamphetamine user and had two other young children who were consistently exposed to Murillo’s violent outbursts. As a result, she was arrested for endangering her children by using methamphetamine while being responsible for their care.
Vasquez pleaded no contest in April 2016 to charges of child abse likely to cause great bodily injury or death, along with two additional counts of child abse. Subsequently, in May 2018, she received an eight-year prison sentence.