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Traffic Incident at Lockhart at Colonial

March 16, 2006 -- Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the death of a three-year-old boy who had stopped breathing in his apartment at 6100 Marinette #304-B about 1:55 p.m. on Monday (Mar. 13).

The suspect, Adrian Nixon (b/m, DOB 3-20-76), is charged with capital murder in the 182nd State District Court. He was arrested late Tuesday (Mar. 14) without incident. The victim, Trinyae Steptore, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital and pronounced dead about 8:30 p.m. on Monday. He had suffered trauma to his head and chest.

HPD Homicide Division Officers K.P. Carr and T. Huynh reported:

The victim's mother had gone to a store about 1 p.m. and had left her son with Nixon, her live-in boyfriend. The woman said she had spoken with her son moments prior to leaving for the store and that he was in good health, watching television. The boy and Nixon were the only persons inside the apartment while the woman was gone.

When the woman returned home, she found her son and Nixon in the boy's bedroom. She attempted to speak with the boy, but he was lethargic and then unresponsive. The woman noticed a large mark on her son's neck and called police. While on the phone with police, the boy stopped breathing and his mother made a second call for an ambulance.

The woman has three other children who weren't in the apartment at the time of the incident. There was a brief, recent history with Harris County Children's Protective Services at the apartment, and that agency is also investigating this incident.

Update JFC/MES 3-16-06
JFC/MES 3-14-06
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