CS Man Charged with Injury to a Child

By: Ashlea Sigman & Steve Fullhart Email
By: Ashlea Sigman & Steve Fullhart Email

A College Station man has been arrested in connection with the death of a toddler.

Christopher Lee Phillips, 20, turned himself into the Brazos County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon. He is charged with one count of injury to a child. Police believe his actions led to the death of a College Station toddler. Phillips is being held on a $1 million bond.

College station police were called to an apartment on Central Park Lane around 9 p.m. Monday. They say Phillips had been watching one-year old Deznique King while the girl's mother was out.

The mom told police Phillips called her to say he thought the child choked on milk, and wasn't breathing. The mother then called police, and Deznique was taken to the hospital. She died two hours later.

Phillips then said the toddler exhibited seizure-like symptoms before she stopped breathing. He later told police the baby fell backwards down the stairs.

An autopsy revealed the girl died from injuries caused by blunt force trauma. The pathologist said the internal bleeding to the girl's abdomen could not have been sustained from a fall down the stairs.

Funeral services for Deznique King are set for Saturday at the New Testament Church of Jesus Christ, in Bryan.

Ironically, this alleged crime took place in the same housing complex where four-year-old Tyrone Fenner was murdered by his step father, Timothy Lewis, who was sentenced to life in prison.

Fenner was beaten to death, though Lewis claimed the child had simply hit his head on the toilet.

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