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Death investigation of 2-year-old Portage Co. boy


PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- The death of a two-year-old boy is under investigation. The Portage County district attorney said he plans to charge a man with first degree reckless homicide.

Authorities said Reymundo Perez was taking care of his girlfriend's two-year-old son Wednesday at their home in the town of Pine Grove. They said Perez called 911 after baby Felix stopped breathing.

"Mr. Perez indicated that shortly before the child went into distress, he was very frustrated with the child and had slammed the child to the ground twice," said Portage County district attorney Tom Eagon.

Eagon said Perez was the only one home at the time since his girlfriend, Felix's mother, was at work. When first responders arrived, authorities said they noticed injuries that could be consistent with child abuse.

"The child was in very poor condition and transported to the Marshfield hospital where it was on life support but not expected to survive," said Eagon.

Authorities said the toddler died on Friday. Perez appeared in court last week and is being held at the Portage County jail on a $100,000 cash bond. His lawyer, Gary Schmaus, said there's more to this story.

"I think this is one of those cases where the facts are going to develop over some period of time as the investigation continues," said Schmaus.

Eagon said Felix's mother, 21-year-old Beatriz Villa, will also face child abuse charges. But authorities said those aren't directly related to the death of her son.

"There are many unknowns in that the picture, as far as what happened to this poor little young man," said Schmaus. 

"Any death is terrible and tragic but when it's a 26-month-old child who appears to have been injured at the hands of another, it's very disturbing," said Eagon.

Officials said they plan to finalize and file the charges against Perez and Villa over the next couple of weeks. They are expected back in court in two weeks.

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