McALLEN, Texas – McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A man accused of fatally beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter when she wouldn't stop crying as he watched a World Cup game has been charged with capital murder.
McAllen Police Sgt. Joel Morales says 27-year-old Hector Castro was charged Monday night after his Saturday arrest. Morales says Castro is being held on $1 million bond.
Police Chief Victor Rodriguez says Castro told investigators that the toddler wouldn't stop crying while he was trying to watch the U.S.-Ghana matchup Saturday.
Rodriguez says the child was severely beaten and suffered several broken ribs. Police said a screw or bolt was forced down her throat in an apparent attempt to make it look like she choked to death.
McAllen is near the U.S.-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas.