The live-in boyfriend of a San Antonio woman confessed to police that he struck her son, 14-month-oldIsreal Perez, in the head and face several times while babysitting the child on the morning of Sept. 14, 2011.
In his confession to police, Julio Crawford, 21, said that he struck the child out of frustration.
“I had a temper tantrum. (I) freaked out. He was crying and I swung and I hit him and he hit the floor and I guess I kept hitting him,” Crawford told SAPD detectives.
His recorded statement was played for the jury during the punishment phase of Crawford’s trial.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to injury to a child-serious bodily injury charges.
“He was sitting up, crying, and I hit him three or four times,” Crawford said.
Dr. Ahn Dinh, the head of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital, testified that the child died two days later from severe traumatic brain injuries as she described doctor’s efforts to keep him alive.
Dinh said that with the family's permission, Isreal was removed from life support and allowed to die in the arms of his mother.
Since Crawford pleaded guilty, the jury is only considering punishment.
He is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison. However, he is eligible for probation if the jury’s sentence is 10 years or fewer.
Testimony will continue on Thursday in Judge Melisa Skinner’s 290th District Court.