OPD: Father beat 2-yr-old daughter to death with hammer; judge sets $2 million bond


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    Orange Police say Yovahnis Roque, 26, beat his 2-year-old daughter to death with a hammer.

    Judge Courtney Arkeen arraigned Roque on capital murder charges Wednesday morning and set bond at $2 million.

    Our Kelsey Borza was in the courtroom. She says Yovahnis Roque told Judge Arkeen that “the government made me do it” and “I’m not in control of my own body.”

    She asked Roque if he killed his daughter. He stared at her looking confused and didn’t respond.

    In the courtroom while waiting for his arraignment, Roque kept saying “I don’t know what you guys want from me.”

    During arraignment, he asked "how did this happen to me?" Judge Arkeen responded, "that would be a question you should ask yourself, sir."

    He also said he's been out of control for a very long time and that he didn't kill his daughter.

    He continued interrupting the judge and repeated he's been out of control for a very long time.

    She responded "Sir, I'm in control now. Let me tell you the punishment phase. It's life in prison or the death penalty if convicted."

    Police say when they arrived at the home and asked the suspect for his name, he said out loud "I killed my daughter."

    Police in Orange arrested Roque for capital murder Tuesday following what investigators call the violent death of his 2-year-old daughter.

    According to investigators, they found her body in a bedroom closet.

    At 11:12 a.m., Orange Police responded to 520 Azalea Avenue after a neighbor called police saying a child had been killed.

    Police say Roque was naked on the front porch of the home.

    Investigators and crime scene technicians remained at the home until about 9 p.m. Tuesday gathering evidence.

    Capt. Robert Enmon said the killing is something law enforcement and first responders will never forget and the kind of scene that will cause nightmares.

    Police haven't publicly stated a motive for the killing.

    If convicted, Roque would face life in prison or the death penalty.

    Child Protective Services tells KFDM/Fox 4 the girl was the only child living at the home and CPS had never been called to the house.



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