A Texas father has been arrested for allegedly punching his two-year-old son so hard that the little boy died while he was being potty trained over the weekend.
Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested Antonio Hicks Sr, 21, of Houston, after his son, two-year-old Antonio Hicks Jr, died at a local hospital.
Authorities said Hicks took his unresponsive son to the Houston Northwest Emergency Center for medical treatment Sunday afternoon.
Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested Antonio Hicks Sr, 21, of Houston, after his son, two-year-old Antonio Hicks Jr (left and right), died at a local hospital
Antonio Hicks Sr, 21, reportedly told deputies that he ‘snapped’ while potty training his son
According to KHOU, the child had multiple injuries, both recent and healing. None of those injuries were consistent with what Hicks initially claimed happened.
When speaking to deputies, Hicks said that a stranger attacked him and his son while they were out on a walk.
But Hicks reportedly admitted to hitting his son in the chest after he ‘snapped’ while potty training the little boy.
According to KHOU, the child’s mother was home at the time of the incident and found him unresponsive.
She told police that she heard multiple slaps and punches from the other room.
Hicks has been charged with serious bodily injury and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Authorities said the charges may be upgraded once an autopsy is completed.
On Sunday night, relatives gathered for a vigil for the toddler, who was known as Baby K.
Balloons and stuffed characters from his favorite show were placed outside his mother’s home.
One of the characters left in honor of the child was one from Paw Patrol, which was his favorite show.
Candles were placed to form a large K as the family remembered the little boy.
On Sunday night, relatives gathered for a vigil for the toddler, who was known as Baby K