Kiara Martinez, 4, Bayou Body Count No. 46

A little girl is dead. And police say the mother's boyfriend did it.

Jose Herrera-Gomez is in jail, suspected in the death of Kiara Martinez, who died on Valentine's Day. Martinez was 4-years-old.

Police say Martinez had been complaining of stomach pain and then fell unconscious at a home along the 8600 block of Pitner. Her mother rushed Martinez to the hospital, where doctors determined that the girl was suffering from internal injuries. Martinez died at the hospital from being beaten, police say.

Detectives quickly deduced that Herrera-Gomez had been taking care of the child while her mother was at work. When they talked to him, he admitted that he had hit Martinez earlier in the week, police say.

Herrera-Gomez is in the Harris County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond, officially charged with injury to a child serious bodily injury.

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Chris Vogel
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