A man convicted of beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son to death has been sentenced to life prison with parole.
The trial of Eron Michael Spivey started last week and closing arguments were Tuesday in state District Judge David Hagerman’s court.
The death penalty was waived in this case.
“Eron Spivey brutally murdered a beautiful, vibrant 2-year-old child and then dragged his cold, lifeless body all over town,” said Kimberly D’Avignon, a Tarrant County prosecutor. “There are no words for that kind of evil. We are thankful that this jury gave justice to Jordan Price.”
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On Dec. 7, 2015, Spivey, 24, took Jordan to work and propped him up in a chair. Noticing that the child was lethargic and unresponsive, Spivey’s co-workers asked what was wrong, according to a report written by Child Protective Services investigators.
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 was declared dead. The cause of death was blunt force 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 before Jordan’s death, and a wrist injury that could have been up to 48 hours old, court documents stated.
Investigators concluded that for the three days before Jordan’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.