Man charged with capital murder in son's death
June 3, 2010 at 1:03 a.m.
A Victoria man was charged Thursday with capital murder in the beating death of his infant son.
An indictment issued Thursday charged Terrence White, 20, with the beating death of 4-month-old Braiydon White on May 20.
"I can't recall a crime more heinous than killing your own infant," said Victoria Police Chief Bruce Ure.
The baby's maternal grandmother, Nana Rodriguez-Naranjo, said she is in shock.
"I was trying to get a hold of my daughter," said Rodriguez-Naranjo, who had been unable reach the baby's mother, Monique Rodriguez, 21, after learning of the arrest.
The Rodriguez had not been able to enter her home next door to her mother in the 3000 block of Wildwood Street since her son's death on May 22, her mother said.
"She's taking it really hard," said Rodriguez-Naranjo.
"When I would go over there, he was loving and caring," said Rodriguez-Naranjo, who advised White to take Braiydon to the emergency room after he said he was concerned his son was feeling ill.
He took the infant to DeTar Hospital North.
"I went to check on him and thought his breathing was not right," said Rodriguez-Naranjo.
Victoria police allege White intentionally, repeatedly struck Braiydon with blunt force blows to the head, causing major head injuries, according to a news release.
"I really don't understand how anybody can hurt a little innocent baby," said Rodriguez-Naranjo, who did not accuse White, but said she was uncertain of what occurred.
Braiydon was transferred to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi and, after two days on life support, died.
"This is like a nightmare," said Rodriguez-Naranjo, with teary eyes.
The baby's mother was at work when the incident occurred, according to the news release.
White and Rodriguez were stopped by police on Thursday a block from their Wildwood Street home, said Ure.
"We had the suspect under surveillance. We believe that he was possibly attempting to leave the area," said Ure. He added that officials believed he was a flight risk.
But the grandmother disagreed.
"They were taking the baby's clothes, they weren't planning on leaving," the grandmother said as she recalled fond memories of her grandson.
"It's just things I'll never forget," she said as she played a recording on her phone of Braiydon cooing.
"His little eyes would sparkle," said Rodriguez-Naranjo.