Two parents have been arrested over the death of an eight-year-old girl who police say was forced to jump on trampoline in 43C heat without being given any water to drink as a punishment.
Daniel Schwarz, 44, and Ashley Schwarz, 34, have both been charged with capital murder over the death of Jaylin Schwarz, 8.
According to the Odessa Police Department, officers responded to a call at the 4300 block of Locust Avenue in Odessa, Texas, US, on August 29.
When police arrived, they found Jaylin, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers say Jaylin had been forced to jump on a trampoline without stopping and was not allowed to drink any water while she was being punished.
They also say that as part of her punishment the eight-year-old had not been given any breakfast.
Police later learned that the trampoline’s temperature at the time read to be approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit, around 43C, while the ground was 150 degrees, around 66C.
An autopsy listed the manner of Jaylin’s death as a homicide and the cause of death to be dehydration.
Family members of the victim told CBS7 that Daniel and Ashley were not her parents and instead were her “guardians.”
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In a statement issued on Monday, October 12, Odessa Police Department said: "Odessa Police have made two arrests in connection to a capital murder investigation. Daniel Schwarz, 44 years of age and Ashley Schwarz, 34 years of age, were both charged today with Capital Murder “Capital Felony”.
"On August 29, 2020, Odessa Police responded to the 4300 block of Locust Avenue in reference to a medical call. Upon arrival, officers observed an eight-year-old female, who was later pronounced deceased on scene.
"Investigation revealed that the eight-year-old child had been punished and was not allowed to eat breakfast and was required to jump on the trampoline without stopping for an extended period of time. Further investigation revealed that the eight-year-old child was not allowed to drink any water because she was not jumping.
"A search warrant was later obtained and the temperature of the trampoline read to be approximately 110 degrees and the ground was approximately 150 degrees. On October 8, 2020, the Odessa Police Department received the final autopsy report, which listed the manner of death as homicide and the cause of death to be dehydration.
"Based on the facts and circumstances presented during the investigation, capital murder warrants were obtained for both Daniel Schwarz and Ashley Schwarz, who were charged and arrested accordingly and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center."
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