A 23-year-old man from Cicero, Illinois has been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old child. According to police, Martin Alvarado Jr. was changing the boy's diaper when the boy urinated on him. Martin then struck the toddler multiple times about the body. An autopsy concluded the boy died of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse, and his death was ruled a homicide.
In a press release, [Ray Hanania, Cicero town spokesman] said police and paramedics responded to the home after they were notified that the child was unresponsive. At the time of the beating, Alvarado was taking care of the child, the son of his girlfriend, officials said. The toddler was crying and suffered from loose bowel movements, according to police. As Alvarado was in the process of changing the toddler's diaper, he urinated on Alvarado. According to investigators, the incident enraged Alvarado, who responded by repeatedly striking the boy. Alvarado made incriminating statements and gave a videorecorded confession, according to Hanania. An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokeswoman said the agency has had prior contact with the family, but officials would not elaborate. An older sibling of the deceased child has been turned over to a family member, officials said.
source: Chicago Tribune