An Oct. 2 autopsy report ruled Evan's death as a homicide and determined he died as a result of a lacerated mesentery, which is a tear in the connective tissue that holds together a person's abdominal organs, caused by blunt force abdominal trauma
. He also had a fractured rib and about 20 bruises on his head
The day before, the child began vomiting around 4:30 a.m. and had scratches near his eyes, the affidavit said. Evan was dropped off at a day care center where it was recorded that he had a fever of 100.5.
The boy's biological father, Hayden Watkins, picked up Evan and gave him medication to reduce his fever, the affidavit said. But by 6 p.m. when Soligny picked up the boy, his health had continued to decline.
The report says Evan continued to vomit throughout the night and had a low fever.
As Evan's health continued to decline, Soligny called 911 and told a dispatcher that she was taking her son to the emergency room. The dispatcher told her to pull over at a convenience store and wait for an ambulance to pick up the boy.
Evan died at the hospital about an hour after arriving, the affidavit said.
On Oct. 5, detectives met with Pal. He told them that in late September he punched the boy in the stomach because he refused to go to bed
, the affidavit said. Pal knew he had hurt the boy, the affidavit said. He also admitted to striking the boy in the stomach and head repeatedly over a period of time
. He also acknowledged that the story about the boy hurting himself at a park was false, the affidavit said.
When asked why he abused the child, he told detectives it was because the boy's mother would not discipline him nor would she allow Pal to.
So when the two were alone,he would make up for the lack of discipline by hurting the child
, the affidavit said.