When Lacy-Lakeview officials arrested Christopher Mack
in the beating death of his 5-year-old nephew
, the 22-year-old Mexia man was serving a probated sentence on a March child endangerment conviction.
Officials said Sincear Kirven had been dead for an hour
when Mack brought the boy to the Providence Health Center emergency room just before midnight Sunday and told doctors that his nephew had collapsed at his girlfriend’s apartment in Lacy-Lakeview.
However, investigators believe that Sincear had been beaten to death by Mack, who struck the boy and his 3- and 4-year-old brothers repeatedly with a belt
, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Mack’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Andrea Shante Thomas
, was also inside the apartment at the time of the beating and did nothing
to stop the act, contact police or seek medical attention for the boys, an arrest warrant affidavit states.
A preliminary autopsy report released Tuesday reveals that Sincear died of blunt force trauma. He and his 3-year-old brother had “extensive visible injuries” including “bruises, abrasions and lacerations to his head, arms, front and back torso and legs”
an arrest warrant affidavit states.
A 4-year-old brother was not injured badly enough to require hospital care, but was also a victim of the assault
, said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman with Child Protective Services.
Gonzales said Mack was watching Sincear, his 3- and 4-year-old brothers, and 7-year-old sister Sunday, and had taken them from their Mexia home to Thomas’ apartment. The children live with their mother, Brandi Mack, and their great-grandmother, Gonzales said.
After the alleged assault, the two surviving brothers and their sister were taken into foster care while CPS investigators evaluate the decision-making skills of the children’s mother and great-grandmother
, Gonzales said. A hearing will be held in two weeks to determine where the children will live.
Sincear, police determined, had been beaten until “he passed out and was not moving,”
the affidavit states.
According to Limestone County court records, Mack was arrested in Mexia on May 17, 2007, on charges of felony endangering a child and evading arrest. ... The child was not one of the four children he was watching Sunday. On March 12, Mack pleaded guilty on both charges, and was sentenced to two years of probation