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Man Charged With Capital Murder After Denison Toddler Dies

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DENISON, TX -- A Sherman man is under arrest, charged with killing his girlfriend's child. Police tracked down the suspect in Frisco after he allegedly hit the little girl on the head with a blunt object.

We first told you about the suspicious death more than a year ago, but authorities say, in this type of case, where the suspect could ultimately get the death penalty, a lot of work is required. Now, they say they have their man.

A grand jury indicted Justin Boyce, 33, on Wednesday after prosecutors say he killed his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter Breanna Perry.

"The child had serious injuries including a fractured skull, bruising, knots and so forth and they had in the facial area and also there was evidence of  the child being choked," says Denison police Lt. Mike Eppler.

In November 2012, police went to the hospital for a report of an injured child who they say came from a home on Mundt Drive in Perrin Club Estates near the airport.

"They were very friendly little girls, the grandmother would bring them over and play with him a little bit," says landlord's wife Judy Crabtree. "When she would come over and pay rent or something, they would play a little while."

"They were pretty secluded, so the only reason why I knew people were there was the lights were on in the house," says neighbor Jessica Christman.

Prosecutors say Boyce was apparently the only adult home at the time of the 9-1-1 call. The little girl was rushed to TMC and then a Dallas hospital, but died from her injuries.

"The indictment alleges that he caused her death by causing blunt force trauma to her head. She basically died of a fractured skull with resulting bleeding on the brain," says Grayson County first assistant district attorney Kerye Ashmore. "We had a number of witnesses that were brought before the grand jury. There's certain things you have to wait for, for the final autopsy to be in."

"That he was climbing something and fell, that's kind of what I understood," says former landlord Clayton Crabtree.

Police say Boyce was arrested on Thursday at the Frisco department store where he worked and brought back to Grayson County.

"Especially a little kid, you know, it breaks your heart to see one of them go like that," says Clayton Crabtree.

"I was scared because you know, babies shouldn't be dying, that's too young to die," says Christman.

Boyce was arrested by Frisco police and taken to the Grayson County Jail where he's being held on $1.25 million bond on charges of capital murder, felony murder, and injury to a child. A bond hearing is currently set for next Friday.