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4-year-old allegedly beaten to death by mother's boyfriend identified by Medical Examiner

Michael Cruz Arroyo faces capital murder charge, two counts of injury to a child

SAN ANTONIO – Officials with the Medical Examiner's Office have identified the 4-year-old boy police say was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend.

Police say Cash Briones' lifeless body was discovered by his mother Friday night. According to police, Briones was found on the bed, next to his mom's drunk boyfriend, 32-year-old Michael Cruz Arroyo.

Arroyo is being charged with capital murder and two counts of injury to a child, SAPD said. Arroyo’s bond is set at $2 million.

SAPD said Arroyo and his girlfriend both checked into the Days Inn motel located on the city’s East Side in the 4000 block of I-10 East on Friday night when she left her three children with Arroyo.

When the mother returned, she found her 4-year-old son on the bed next to Arroyo, police said. The boy had visible injuries to his head. 

EMS pronounced the boy dead at the scene and his siblings, a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, were transported to Christus Santa Rosa with possible injuries, SAPD said. 

SAPD said Arroyo was transported to University Hospital and is being treated for possible toxic ingestion.


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