Crime

Bond lowered for Fort Worth man accused in death of girlfriend’s 2-year-old son

Bond for a 22-year-old Fort Worth man accused of inflicting fatal injuries on his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son has been lowered from $1 million to $500,000, court records show.

Christian Tyrrell remained in the Tarrant County Jail Friday.

If released from jail, he will have to wear a GPS monitor, remain in Tarrant County and have no contact with children under 18 years of age, State District Judge Elizabeth Beach ordered Wednesday in lowering Tyrrell’s bond, court records show.

Other bond conditions include that Tyrrell will have to remain home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and refrain from alcohol and drug use.

Tyrrell is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of Adrian Langlais.

Adrian was hospitalized on March 18 — his second birthday — with injuries that included severe head trauma. He died the next day.

Tyrrell told investigators that the boy had apparently fallen from his playpen the day his before hospitalization. With exception to vomiting and appearing sleepy, he told police that Adrian seemed fine until his eyes rolled back and he began gasping for air as the two played the next afternoon, prompting him to call 911.

An analysis of Tyrrell’s phone by police, however, showed Internet searches had been done on the phone more than 14 hours before he called 911 for “how to tell if someone has went braindead.”

Tyrrell’s defense attorney, Shawn Paschall, had filed a motion for reasonable bond to be set in the case on Wednesday.

“The amount of bond is a tool to guarantee the Defendant’s presence in court and not to be used as an instrument of oppression,” Paschall wrote in his motion.

Paschall contended that the $1 million bond exceeded what is necessary to ensure Tyrrell’s appearance at future hearings and “effectively constitutes a ‘no bond’ situation resulting in illegal confinement and restraint” of Tyrrell due to his financial circumstances.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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