Capital murder child abuse case highlights
who’s most vulnerable
SAN ANTONIO, TX – After sobering up at the hospital, the suspect police say was found intoxicated on a bed next to a four-year-old boy who had been beaten to death is now charged with capital murder.
Michael Arroyo, 32, is accused of murdering his girlfriend’s son, four-year-old Cash Briones. The little boy had blunt force trauma to the head.
Arroyo is also charged with injuring his girlfriend’s two other children, ages one and three.
All three kids were left in his care February 16 at a Days Inn hotel on the city’s east side.
Arroyo is now being held on bonds worth more than a million dollars.
Child abuse cases rose sharply in Bexar County last year. Counselors say single moms especially need to be aware of the dangers.
“The child is oftentimes left alone because the individual needs to work or needs to go to school or they’re trying to better themselves or just supply for their family,” says Randy McGibeny from ChildSafe.
He says that leaves room for someone who wants to do harm to gain a mother’s trust.
“If they’re capable of doing that, then oftentimes we’re going to open our doors to those individuals,” McGibeny says.
He says it’s incredibly common for a mother’s boyfriend to become the perpetrator.
“If there’s a situation where an individual that you’re dating or an individual that you’ve brought into your home is violent toward you – verbally or physically – know that the situation can progress,” McGibeny says. “And oftentimes, if they’re violent toward you – they’re eventually going to be violent toward your children.”
Child Abuse suspect kills himself as deputies try to arrest him in Dallas
A child abuse suspect killed himself during a standoff with authorities trying to arrest him Tuesday night at a northeast Dallas apartment.
Two warrant officers were attempting to serve a felony warrant about 9 p.m. when Daryl Elliott, 56, barricaded himself inside an apartment in the 7500 block of Holly Hill Drive, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said.
Officers attempted to negotiate with Elliott, but he did not surrender. Hours later, they heard a gunshot inside the apartment, Urbina said.
They entered to find Elliott had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officers didn’t fire their weapons during the incident, Urbina said.
He was convicted for two charges of injury to a child or elderly person.
He faced two charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, which were eventually dismissed.
Montco Man Accused Of Child Abuse
Involving Pliers, Needles, Dog Shock Collar Facing Charges
LOWER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, PA – A Montgomery County man is facing a long list of charges on allegations he beat and abused his children for years.
According to charging documents, 44-year-old Joseph Myhre, of Greensway Circle in Lower Providence Township, home schooled his two children.
In the documents, police said his 11-year-old daughter told them going back to when she was 4-or-5 years old, her father would hit her on the head with sticks or PVC pipes. He would strangle her and beat her head on the ground until she entered into a “dream state.”
The girl said her father would squeeze her fingers with pliers, stick needles in her fingers and toes, and use a dog shock collar that she said would leave burn marks.
The 13-year-old son told investigators that Myhre would kick him the stomach, or hit him on his feet with a stick that would cause him to bleed. According to the documents, the boy also told police Myhre would put the dog shock collar on the back of his leg or on his stomach, then walk around the room acting normal while the boy was being shocked and yelling in pain.
According to charging documents, the children had wooden boxes for beds with a small opening and vents to let in air.
Investigators said an audio recording was found on a phone. The recording lasts 53 minutes. In it, the affidavit says a male voice can be heard calmly talking while children are screaming in pain. The male voice is quoted saying things like, “He doesn’t care, he didn’t give me a hug for 10 minutes,” and “You can blame your mom for this.”
The affidavit also says there were white boards in the living room of the home with messages described as “threatening and manipulative in nature.”
The child abuse allegations came to light after Myhre’s wife was hospitalized with a broken skull. While investigating that case, police interviewed the children.
Investigators say when Myhre was questioned by police, he gave a written statement saying he grabbed his children by the neck and arms, and hit the children with sticks. The documents say he told police the children never cried or told him they were in pain.
According to the affidavit, Myhre said he put vice grips on his daughter’s fingers but only “playing around” to feel what it felt like to grip our fingers.
In addition to previous charges based on the allegations from his wife, Myhre is now facing twelve-counts of aggravated assault of a child less than 13, four-counts of unlawful restraint of a child, two counts of endangering welfare of children, and numerous misdemeanors.
He’s in the county prison on 1-million dollars bail.