NJ man allegedly killed girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter

Andrew Weber
August 23, 2019 - 1:16 pm
Lia Victoria Merino-Rodriguez



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A New Jersey man is facing murder charges related to accusations that he burned, suffocated, and punched his girfriend’s two-year-old daughter Wednesday.

Trenton police responded at 4:20 p.m on Aug. 21 to a report that a 28-month-old girl was unresponsive after falling down the stairs.

The girl, identified as Lia Victoria Merino-Rodriguez, was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

Maison Andres Torres
Mercer County Prosecutors Office

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that Maison Andres Torres, 25, caused Merino-Rodriguez’s death by burning her with scalding water, hitting her with his fists, and suffocating her with his hands.

Torres was dating Merino-Rodriguez’s mother.

Torres was charged with first-degree murder and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

He has a detention hearing scheduled on Aug. 27.

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