Davieanna Marlena Blake, the 21-year-old daughter of West Coast hip-hop legend DJ Quik, was arrested and charged with the beating death of her 2-year-old son.
Blake and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Darnell Moses Alvarez, were arrested by Phoenix police after being found standing over the child’s body outside of their apartment last month. Both were held on suspicion of child abuse and first-degree murder.
According to KPHO, Alvarez was disciplining the child for wetting himself and the bed, and court documents show that a witness heard the boy being spanked and called it “excessive.” He allegedly hit the child twice with a leather belt in the morning and twice again later in the afternoon after he defecated in his underwear. Blake didn’t intervene because the two had already gotten into an argument and she didn’t want to upset him even further.
According to the probable-cause statement, the child attempted to roll away from Alvarez, who continued to follow and beat him. Later in the day, the boy wouldn’t eat, and Alvarez admitted that he may have been “heavy handed” in disciplining the child.
Court documents also show that the 2-year-old had multiple bruises on his arms and legs, buttocks, back and face. An autopsy showed that the child also suffered a lacerated liver and severe internal bleeding, and that the bruises were inconsistent with being hit with a belt only.
The day her son died, Blake went to work and returned to find the toddler lethargic and with multiple bruises on his body. He had also stopped breathing while she and Alvarez argued about taking him to the hospital.
“There was a mother on the phone and she was just pacing back and forth talking and the father was sitting down crying and the paramedics kept trying to resuscitate the child,” a witness allegedly said. “They kept losing him and trying to get him back.”
Darnell Alvarez’s bond was set at $500,000, and Blake’s was set at $250,000. There was a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 13, but so far there is no update on the case.