Benton Harbor man arrested for murdering a baby

Published: Feb. 20, 2016 at 3:38 PM EST
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Brandon Tyler Beshires, a 30-year-old Benton Harbor man, was arrested Friday for the murder of an eight-month-old infant in Hartford, Michigan, police said.

Beshires was watching the victim at the time of his death. Investigators have confirmed the suspect is the boyfriend of the victim's biological mother.

Newscenter 16 spoke to Beshires ex-wife, Melissa Vazques, she says he was physically abuse towards her.

"Nine months after I got with him he threw me down a flight of steps and injured my ankle and not too long ago, probably last February he threw me through a wall, got me on the floor and kicked me. I have a fractured lumbar in my back. He was very abusive toward women. Very controlling. He had a severe anger issue," says Vazques.

Coloma Township police responded to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, where the baby was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The suspect has been charged with 1st degree felony murder and child abuse charges, and is being held in Berrien County Jail.