Deadly Affection

Nov. 21, 2014

4000 block of N. Beltline Road, Irving

Time unknown

  • Age: 2
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Manner of Death: Unknown
  • Location: Apartment
  • Address: 4000 block of N. Beltline Road
  • City: Irving
  • Neighborhood's Average Household Income: $80,428
Dionicio Mendoza killed Nov. 21, 2014

Police say 2-year-old Dionicio Mendoza died after an incident with his stepfather left with internal and head injuries.

Police say the boy was alone with his stepfather, 25-year-old Michael David Mercado, from around 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 19. They say Mercado "incflicted serious body injury" on the boy but then called 911 to report the child had a seizure. 

At the hospital, Dionicio was diagnosed with life threatening internal injuries and head injuries. He was placed on a ventilator, but on Nov. 21, he died from his injuries, police say. 

The exact method of injury is undetermined. 

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Suspect

  • Michael David Mercado
  • Age: 25
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Relationship to Victim: Stepfather
  • Status: Charged with capital murder