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Updated May 3, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Phoenix couple arrested in death of toddler

PHOENIX — A Phoenix couple is in custody in connection with the death of
their 2-year-old son.

Phoenix police said 24-year-old Darnell Moses Alvarez and 21-year-old Davieanna
Marlena Blake were arrested Thursday on suspicion of child abuse and
first-degree murder.

Court documents released Friday show that the couple are the biological parents
of the child.

Phoenix police and fire department paramedics found Alvarez and Blake outside
an apartment complex Wednesday with the child on the ground.

Paramedics took the boy to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Medical examiners found large bruises on the child’s legs, arms, backside and
face and an autopsy showed the child had a lacerated liver and internal
bleeding.

Police didn’t immediately know Friday if either Alvarez or Blake had a lawyer
yet.

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