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Houston, TX — Back in May, 23-year-old Matthew Carrillo and 21-year-old Melanie Garcia were both charged with injury to a child after Garcia’s 4-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital in critical condition, suffering from a head injury, bruises all over her body (including her genitals) and a burn on her thigh.

Garcia initially told 911 that her daughter, Kayla, had fallen out of her wagon and hit her head. It wasn’t until after the couple were charged and the little girl died that Garcia changed her story.

She says that her boyfriend was angry at Kayla because of a slow walk home from a Subway where a meatball had fallen of the girl’s sandwich. Once back at the home, Garcia says that Carrillo disciplined the girl by making her pull down her pants and instructing her to brace herself against a couch. When Kayla fell to the floor from Carrillo striking her with a belt, he allegedly picked Kayla up by one arm and beat her with the belt as she dangled in front of him.

Not quite finished, she says Carrillo made the girl hold a phone book out in front of her for an extended period of time, slapped her across the face, and pushed her to the ground causing the girl to hit her head. She told the courts that she lied about her daughter’s injuries because Carrillo ordered her to do so and because she was scared of him and his family.

Garcia admitted that after agreeing to testify against Carrillo and taking a lie detector test, she was freed from jail without bail but could still face charges. Carrillo’s defense attorney tried to get his client out of jail as well, stating a lack of probable cause, but the judge denied it. However, he did lower Carrillo’s bail from $200,000 to $100,000.

Murder charges have yet to be filed, but it is likely. Carillo’s lawyer hinted that Garcia may have taken part in her daughter’s beating and was only shifting all the blame on her ex in an attempt to escape murder charges. He pointed out that Garcia is bi-polar and has anger issues, a point he was able to demonstrate during Carrillo’s hearing on Thursday. “You have a little bit of an anger problem, don’t you?” Defense attorney Anthony Miller asked Garcia after she yelled, “Can I (expletive) finish my response?” at him as she was testifying in court.

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