From the Office of the District Attorney:
Martinez, California — The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has charged a Rodeo couple with murder, child abuse resulting in death, and torture in the death of a toddler — and the abuse of an infant.
Destiny Deboe, 22, and 21-year-old Tyshawn Haywood are currently in custody in the Martinez Detention Facility awaiting their arraignment.
On Monday, October 2nd at approximately 8:50 PM, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched after receiving a report of a 2-year-old child who had drowned in a bathtub. When emergency personnel arrived at the residence, they began life-saving measures on the child. The victim was then transported to a local hospital — but was later pronounced deceased by medical staff.
In the course of the investigation by Contra Costa County Sheriff’s detectives, it was determined that the child did not die from drowning but rather from injuries sustained as a result of prolonged abuse. It was also discovered that a second child in the care and custody of the defendants suffered life threatening injuries sustained as a result of abuse. The seriousness of these allegations has led to both individuals being held in lieu of $1,070,000 bail. The District Attorney’s Office reviewed the evidence from police authorities and filed charges with Superior Court this afternoon.
District Attorney Diana Becton said: “The loss of a young life is a tragedy that deeply impacts us all. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of the victim during this incredibly difficult time. We are committed to seeking justice and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.”