NJ man accused of burning, beating girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter faces murder charges

TRENTON, N.J.  — A New Jersey man accused of burning and suffocating his girlfriend’s daughter is facing murder charges.

NJ.com reports that Maison Andres Torres was arrested Wednesday evening after the death of 2-year-old Lia Victoria Merino-Rodriguez.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that Torres killed Merino-Rodriguez by burning her with hot water, punching her and suffocating her. An autopsy has not been completed yet.

Emergency officials responded to a Trenton home Wednesday night for a report of a toddler who fell down the stairs. Merino-Rodriguez was then taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Officers who arrived at the scene thought her injuries were caused by more than a fall and detained all the home’s residents, including Torres.

The 25-year-old faces charges of murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

No attorney information is available for Torres.

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