KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Grand jurors Wednesday returned an indictment charging capital murder of a person younger than 10 against a 25-year-old Bell County man stemming from the death of a Killeen girl from blunt force trauma days before her 3rd birthday.
Jadin Nunez, 25, was arrested just before 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the corner of FM 195 and Chaparral Road in Killeen on a warrant stemming from the death of the girl Sept. 22.
He remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling more than $1 million.
Officers found the girl, Shanna McAlpine, lying on the floor of a bedroom after responding to a report of an unresponsive child early in the morning of Sept. 22 in the 800 block of South 11th Street, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The girl’s mother, Ashley McAlpine, told officers that the day before, Nunez, who’s 5-foot-7 and weighs more than 300 pounds, 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 Sept. 22 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 Sept. 24.
Nunez lived with McAlpine, the affidavit said.
After the girl’s death, a judge signed an order removing McAlpine's other three children from the home and placing them in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services.