Parents charged in death of 2-year-old son

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The parents of a 2-year-old Maryland boy are facing murder charges after the toddler died due to trauma and dehydration.

Jonathan Navarrete-Turcious, 30, and Blanca Reyes, 24, made their first appearance in a Rockville courtroom on Friday.

They face second degree murder, child abuse and neglect charges after their son, Matthew Navarrete-Reyes, died in February.

In court, prosecutors said an autopsy in June determined the child's death was a homicide.

According to prosecutors, the toddler was covered in bruises from head to toe and tested positive for meth when he was born because of his mother's drug use.

The boy suffered a long list of injuries before his death, including knocked out front teeth, a large bump on his head, dehydration and pneumonia.

"The nature of the injuries are so varied and so different in that there are difficulties knowing when they actually happened," said Ramon Korionoff with the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

Police said the child received no medical care for his injuries.

In February, Navarrete-Turcious and Reyes took the boy to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

According to charging documents, the child's mother said the toddler could not support his own weight and described his head as "floppy." He was unable to eat or drink and vomited several times.

"The parents claim that 2-year-old Matthew suffered from multiple falls that they did not seek treatment for," said Capt. Paul Starks with Montgomery County police. "They also claim that he had trouble eating and based on that wasn't able to ingest food or be hydrated, but they still did not seek treatment."

The boy's parents stated that three weeks before his death, Matthew fell from the kitchen table and knocked out his front teeth.

But the mother told police that she didn't know his teeth fell out because she didn't really check and thought the blood was from his lip.

Reyes also said the boy fell from an office chair two to three days before his death, which resulted in a bleeding lump on his head.

According to court documents, Reyes said she felt the need to take the toddler to the hospital sooner, but the father said he checked on the boy and he seemed okay.

The couple's three other sons, ages 3, 4 and 5, are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

A judge held bond for the parents at $750,000 and $800,000.