Posted on April 22, 2021

Babysitter, 24, ‘Killed One-Year-Old Boy with Wrestling Moves’ After Becoming Angry over a Torn Pillow

Lauren Fruen, Daily Mail, April 21, 2021

A Texas babysitter has been charged with capital murder after telling police he used ‘several wrestling-style moves and a football hold’ on a one-year-old boy who later died.

Marvin Rex Lake, 24, was arrested following the death of Ahren Joshua DeHart who suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, brain damage and hemorrhaging of the lung.

Marvin Rex Lake

Marvin Rex Lake

Ahren Joshua DeHart

Ahren Joshua DeHart

Lake, of El Paso, is initially said to have told police he had no idea how the boy was hurt, KFOX14 reports.

But he later admitted carrying out the wrestling moves and putting him in a football hold after getting upset that at DeHart had ripped a pillow, cops say.

Lake is said to have admitted anger issues, saying he did not know his own strength.

Police say he later insisted: ‘I did not hurt his head. I only caused the internal injuries.’

The victim was being watched by Lake, along with two other children, on April 13 while their mothers were at work.

In a video call with the mom of the other children earlier in the evening, DeHart was ‘in good health and alert, but was crying and fussy’.

By 9.30pm – just over four hours later – Lake called the second mom and told her DeHart had ‘rag dolled’ and vomited up something red.

The victim was being watched by Lake, along with two other children, on April 13 while their mothers were at work. An affidavit says the boy’s mother returned to the Las Lomas home shortly before midnight where she found her son unresponsive

An affidavit says the boy’s mother returned to the Las Lomas home shortly before midnight where she found her son unresponsive.

The two other children in Lake’s care were also found with injuries, authorities say.

DeHart died on April 16.

Lawrence DeHart, Ahren’s uncle, said: ‘Ahren was on life support and on Friday, at around 2:30 p.m. we were all there at the hospital and they decided to disconnect everything and let him pass away.

‘Never in my life did I think I, my family, a 20-year-old newly married couple with almost an exact 1 year-old baby would have to live through this.’

Lake is said to have spoken with police the day before the boy’s death seeking damages for a futon DeHart is said to have been injured on.

He remains in jail with no bond.