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Man, 30, charged with capital murder in death of 1-year-old

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A 30-year-old Rockdale man faces capital murder and child endangerment charges in connection with the death of a 1-year-old baby girl, according to affidavits filed in court. 

On the evening of Dec. 3, Rockdale police responded to the 700 block of San Gabriel Street after the baby's uncle reported that had stopped breathing. 

When police arrived, they tried to revive the unresponsive girl but were unable to. She had extensive injuries on her body including scratches, bruising, swollen knots on her head, neck, arms, stomach, and legs. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Shawn Vincent Boniello was questioned and arrested. Police say he confessed to punching, slapping, shaking and squeezing the infant until she stopped moving. According to the document filed in court, Boniello used a stuffed animal toy to demonstrate for police how he attacked the baby. 

When police searched the home, they found some marijuana and paraphernalia. In court documents, police say Boniello also confessed to smoking marijuana around the baby. 

Boniello faces first-degree capital murder and endangering a child criminal negligence charges. 



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