The mother of 3-year-old Omar Frias Jr. told police she left him with her boyfriend for about an hour that morning while she went to the store, and then returned to find her son with a bloody nose, a bruise on his forehead and a bruise on his chest.
The boy vomited. He vomited throughout the day, Jan. 10, and eventually stopped breathing before his caregivers took him to Medical Center Hospital at 2:51 p.m. A day later doctors at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth would pronounce him brain dead. About four hours after that, the boy would die.
These were some of details that emerged in arrest affidavits released Thursday, which accuse the mother, Jasmine Gabriella Olivas, and the boyfriend, Segundo M. Ramirez, of capital murder.
Olivas, 20, and Ramirez, 23, were arrested at 2 p.m. Wednesday and remained Thursday in Ector County Detention Center with no bond set, both charged with capital murder.
Frias lived with them at 1401 Harless Ave., Apt. 1627, police said, where the assault reportedly happened.
Doctors at MCH on Jan. 10 noticed the bruises on Frias’ body as they performed CPR, the affidavits state. The hospital notified the Odessa Police Department of apparent child abuse and flew the boy to the children’s hospital in Fort Worth.
An autopsy report by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner would rule that Frias suffered blunt force trauma to this abdomen.
The day before Frias’ parents took him to the hospital with bruises, Frias went for a doctor’s visit and seemed healthy, the affidavit states.
A co-worker of Olivas at Mi Casa in Odessa described the boy on Wednesday as a sweet-hearted young friend to her own 3-year-old son.
“He was playful — always happy,” said the co-worker, 21-year-old Teresa Rodriguez. “He loved trucks. He liked John Deere a lot, and he was always in cowboy boots. And he liked the movie ‘Cars.’ ”
Rodriguez described Ramirez as controlling, refusing to allow Olivas to spend time with her. Especially in the last six months, Rodriguez said, when they’d have to hang out while Ramirez was at work.
After Frias’ death, Child Protective Services removed his 4-month-old brother from their home and placed him in foster care, said Marleigh Meisner, a spokesperson for the agency, in a previous interview with the Odessa American. Meisner said about two weeks before Frias died, his mother moved with the children into an apartment with her boyfriend. The boyfriend is the “alleged father” of Frias’ little brother, CPS reported.
CPS officials opened a case in March 2012 after a referral of child abuse but ruled it was “unable to determine” abuse by Frias’ parents but found “reason to believe” there was abuse by “an unknown perpetrator,” Meisner said.
The agency’s investigators observed injuries Frias had suffered, but Meisner said she could not specify what those injuries were. Rodriguez said Ramirez had broken the boy’s arm.
After the reported abuse last year, Frias’ mother moved in with her children to their grandparents’ home and received undisclosed services from CPS, Meisner said.
Frias’ father Omar Frias and his wife Yolanda Mendoza could not be reached by press time.
As the CPS does anytime a child dies as a result of suspected abuse, the agency has been conducting a child death investigation and sharing information with law enforcement, Meisner said.
According to the funeral home, Omar Frias Jr. was buried Jan. 15 after his funeral.