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Goliad sheriff investigating infant death from blunt trauma to head

By Bianca Montes
April 8, 2014 at 3:03 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.

Spencer Clay Butler

A family friend living in the home of the 9-month-old infant killed in Goliad was arrested Tuesday.

Spencer Clay Butler, 32, was picked up at his home at Crossroads Apartment, 1610 N. Laurent St., and charged with capital murder of a person under 6 years of age, a first-degree felony.

Butler lived in Victoria and in Goliad County with the child's parents, Marilyn Weygand and Zachary McAdams, when 9-month-old Paul McAdams was injured last week, Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby said.

Butler has previously been involved with a closed investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in reference to the child. The case was closed because allegations could not be validated, Mary Walker, a department spokeswoman said.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, the infant was transported from his home in Goliad County to DeTar Hospital Navarro with a "head injury the child sustained under suspicious circumstances," according to a news release issued by Brumby.

The child was later taken to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he died Saturday night.

"A subsequent autopsy confirmed the child died of blunt force injuries to the head, which resulted in multiple skull fractures," according to the news release.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services opened a new case after Paul's hospitalization. His siblings, ages 5 and 8, have been removed from the home and placed in a parental/child safety program.

"Our primary concern is to make sure the surviving children are taken care of, and do not go back into a place that might put them at risk," said Mary Walker, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman. "We are going to focus on the children."

The department is investigating current allegations and, if validated, has 14 days to go to a judge and explain why officials think it's necessary to remove the children from the home permanently, Walker said. The open investigation includes the child's parents and Butler.

Court documents show that Butler has a criminal history in Texas that dates to 2011 with a possession of dangerous drug charge. Other charges on his record include theft of property between $50 and $500 and bail jumping.

As of late Tuesday, Butler had not appeared before a magistrate and was being held in the Goliad County Jail.

Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted with the arrest.

The family declined to comment.

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