Central Texas girl died of blunt force trauma days before 3rd birthday

Jadin Nunez, 25, was arrested just before 6 p.m. Monday. (Jail photo)
Jadin Nunez, 25, was arrested just before 6 p.m. Monday. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Sep. 24, 2019 at 10:02 AM CDT
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A Central Texas man has been charged with capital murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter who was killed just days before her third birthday.

Jadin Nunez, 25, was arrested just before 6 p.m. Monday at the corner of FM 195 and Chaparral Road in Killeen on a warrant stemming from the death of the girl on Sunday.

Officers found the girl, Shanna McAlpine, lying on the floor of a bedroom after responding to a report of an unresponsive child early Sunday morning in the 800 block of South 11th Street, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.

The girl’s mother, Ashley McAlpine, told officers that on Saturday, Nunez struck the girl in the stomach three times and that afterward, the girl “complained of stomach pain and was not breathing right,” the affidavit says.

McAlpine called 911 at around 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, the affidavit said.

The girl was pronounced dead just after 3:30 a.m.

An autopsy found that the girl suffered blunt force trauma to the abdomen, the affidavit said.

She would have celebrated her third birthday on Tuesday.

Nunez lived with McAlpine, the affidavit said.

He was taken to the Killeen City Jail and was transferred Tuesday afternoon to the Bell County Jail in Belton.

A judge has signed an order removing McAlpine's other three children from the home and placing them in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services.