April 21, 2014

Man charged in toddler’s murder pleads down to 30-year sentence

Timothy Marquis McBrown was babysitting his girlfriend’s children, ages 2 and 5, and his own three children when the 2-year-old boy was injured and later died.

A 30-year-old man who was initially charged with capital murder in the death of a 2-year-old pled guilty on Monday to causing serious bodily injury to a child in exchange for a 30-year prison sentence.

Timothy Marquis McBrown of Fort Worth will have to serve half his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. Had McBrown been convicted of the original charge, capital murder of a child under 10, he would have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

McBrown was charged in the death of Taizon Arin, 2. The toddler was not breathing on Jan. 7, 2012, when emergency workers arrived at a residence in the 5300 block of Sunfish Drive in the Cityview area of southwest Fort Worth. He died the next day at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Taizon’s death was caused by a blow to his head, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Child Protective Services placed Taizon’s sister with relatives and McBrown’s children with their mother.

This includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

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