Second Arrest Made in 2019 Murder of 2-Year-Old Child in Temple
Temple police have made a second arrest in the case of a 2-year-old girl who was murdered last summer.
Ashley McAlpine of Temple was booked into the Bell County Jail Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:51 AM. She remained there Friday afternoon with a listed bond of $500,000. She's charged with first degree felony injury to a child.
Police suspect McAlpine's boyfriend, Jadin Nunez, of killing her daughter, Shanna McAlpine.
Let's go back to Sunday, September 22nd of last year.
Police were called to a home in the 800 block of South 11th Street, where they found a toddler fatally injured. The girl was pronounced dead shortly after 3:30 AM that morning. Her death was later determined to have been the result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
According to police, McAlpine told investigators Nunez had punched the girl in the stomach three times, after which the child experienced difficulty breathing. Nunez was arrested on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and charged with capital murder of a person under the age of ten. His bond was set at $1 million dollars. Apparently he posted it, because he's not listed on the Bell County Jail roster.
In a statement issued today, investigators with the Temple Police Department said that McAlpine witnesses Nunez physically abuse her daughter, but failed to seek medical attention for the girl and failed to report the incident until hours later.
A warrant was issued for her arrest on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 and she was arrested the next day.