Investigation Continues in Capital Murder Case of Odessa Toddler

by Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The Odessa Police Department tells NewsWest they still aren't ready to release any updates regarding the investigation surrounding the murder of a three year-old Odessa boy.

Last Friday, NewsWest 9 learned that on January 10th, OPD was notified by Medical Center Hospital staff about a possible case of child abuse. Three year-old Omar Frias, Jr. was transported to MCH by family members after he was found unresponsive. He was then airlifted to a Fort Worth Hospital where he was pronounced dead the next day.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office is ruling this a homicide, based on their findings.

Currently, OPD is classifying the incident as a Capital Murder, Felony 1st Degree offense.

On Monday, NewsWest 9 visited what we believed to be the Odessa home of the boy's grandmother. The people inside of the house slammed on the door shut on us.

Following that, NewsWest 9 visited the boy's father's trailer home, which is also in Odessa. His wife (the boy's step mother) answered the door for us. She declined a formal interview but acknowledged investigators hadn't told her much of what was going on at this point.

According to the boy's obituary, he was buried on January 15th at the Ector County Cemetery.