A Grand Prairie man authorities say killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son faces life in prison if he is convicted in his capital murder trial this week.
The trial of Eron Michael Spivey started last week and closing arguments in the trial are expected to begin Monday in State District Judge David Hagerman’s court. If Spivey is found guilty of capital murder, a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole is automatic.
The death penalty has been waived in this case.
On Dec. 7, 2015, Spivey, 24, took his girlfriend’s child to his job and propped him up in a chair. Spivey’s co-workers said that the child was lethargic and unresponsive, and asked what was wrong with the boy, according to a child fatality report written by Child Protective Services investigators.
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Spivey told his co-workers the child was sick. After two hours at work, Spivey left with the child, picked up the boy’s mother and drove to an emergency room, where Jordan Price was declared dead, with multiple bruises on the boy’s body and a knot on his head. The cause of Price’s death was blunt trauma to the head and torso, according to an autopsy performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.
The autopsy also indicated an area of firmness in the liver that indicated old scarring, a brain injury that could have occurred up to 24 hours prior to Price’s death, and a wrist injury that could have been up to 48 hours old that was already starting to callous, court documents stated.
Investigators concluded that for the three days before Price’s death, Spivey had been caring for the child and taking him to his job, the report said. Spivey said the boy had fallen and hurt his lip at the warehouse where he works, but reported no other injuries, the report said.
The mother told an investigator that she knew something was wrong because the boy was cold to the touch. Spivey stopped cooperating with law enforcement officials, the report said. Spivey was arrested and charged with capital murder following a criminal investigation, according to the report.