A Miami Beach man has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge after beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter to death, police said.
Dennys Llopiz, 27, was arrested early Monday in the killing of the young girl.
An arrest report states officers responded to Llopiz's home at 6921 Rue Vendome on Friday after he called 911 to report that the girl was unresponsive.
When officers arrived they found the child nude and the apartment in disarray with items tossed around.
Officers say Llopiz told thems he left the girl in the shower because she had defecated on herself and after several minutes he called out to her but she didn't respond.
He said he ran to the bathroom and found her slouched against a wall in the shower, the report said.
Llopiz also told officers he should have taken the girl to the hospital the day before after she suffered a fall, the report said. Llopiz said they had gone fishing and the girl fell on some rocks, causing abrasions and a small injury to her head.
The girl was taken to Mt. Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Detectives found bruising throughout her body including on her torso, legs and buttocks, the report said.
The Miami-Dade medical examiner's office also found bruising on the girl's head and face and discovered she had a large laceration to her liver, three fractured ribs and ruptured air sacks in her lungs, the report said. The medical examiner determined the child had suffered blunt force trauma a few hours before her death, the report said.
The girl's mother, who is Llopiz's girlfriend, denied that they had gone fishing or that the girl had fallen on some rocks, the report said. She told officers she had left for work that morning and left her daughter with Llopiz at their home.
When detectives looked at his phone they found several text messages Llopiz sent to the mother about him being upset with the girl over her painting on a photograph of him, the report said.
Llopiz was in the process of being booked into jail Monday morning.