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Posted on: April 2, 2022

Injury to a Child Arrest

Denton Police Department Media Release

DENTON, TX, April 2, 2022 – A 7-year-old with significant signs of injury was declared deceased yesterday, and a man has been arrested in connection to the child’s death. 

On April 1, at approximately 7:29 p.m., Denton PD and Denton FD were dispatched to reports of an unconscious person in the 1600 block of E. McKinney St. The caller reported that a child inside of the residence was having a medical emergency. Medics arrived on scene to transport the child to a local hospital, and notified officers that the child had suspicious and extensive injuries. The child was pronounced deceased at the hospital. 

Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. During the investigation, detectives applied for and were granted a search warrant, and conducted a search of the residence. Both occupants living in the same residence as the child (the child’s mother, and the mother’s boyfriend) were interviewed. At the conclusion of the interviews, the mother’s boyfriend was arrested for Injury to a Child. He has been identified as 52-year-old Todd Lofton Shaw. Denton PD has not had any history with Shaw, nor the family at this address. 

It is heartbreaking that the death of this child occurred on the first day of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

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