Police: Baby dies from injuries after being shot by father

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 19-month-old girl died from her injuries Wednesday after she was shot in the head by her father earlier this week, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said. On Monday, authorities there say Deandre Owens shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Justice Martinez, and injured their child, Azareyh Aleyiah Owens. The girl was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin for treatment of a head wound, where she died.

Fayette County deputies say they identified Owens, 25, as a person of interest on Monday, and alerted Austin police. Officers went to the man’s Austin address, where he refused to come out. A SWAT team was called in to negotiate, but police say Owens killed himself instead.

Court records indicated Owens had an emergency protection order against him earlier this year. The protection order was filed Jan. 21 and stemmed from an assault that happened when Owens came to visit his baby girl at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Central Austin. Martinez told officers she and Owens dated for two years but that they’d recently separated.

Deandre Owens
Deandre Owens

In an arrest affidavit, Martinez said Owens began to accuse her of doing drugs and seeing other people and he became “increasingly aggressive.” When she tried to call 911, Martinez told officers Owens grabbed her by the hair and pushed her to the ground then punched her one time, according to the affidavit.

Owens was arrested and charged with assault as well as interfering with an emergency call.

On Jan. 28, Owens was arrested for violating the emergency protective order when he stopped by Martinez’ apartment. The emergency order expired in March and according to the Travis County Attorney’s Office, Martinez never filed for a permanent protective order.

Last month, Owens was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Lee County, which allowed Travis County to rearrest him for not complying with his bond. He was released from Travis County Jail on Oct. 9, less than two weeks before the deadly shooting.

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