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Odessa man's charge upgraded to capital murder following death of 10-month-old stepdaughter

Lira was rearrested by ECSO on December 15.
Credit: Ector County Sheriff's Office

ECTOR COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE: The Ector County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page that Lira has now been charged with murder.

Lira was out on bond for the Injury to a Child charge and was rearrested on December 15 on a Capital Murder warrant.

According to jail records, there has not been a bond set at this time.


The Ector County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Edward Lira for Causing Serious Bodily Injury to a Child, a First Degree Felony. 

The office received a call from Medical Center Hospital on December 2 about a 10-month-old female in critical condition from injuries she sustained. 

The child came from the address of 11343 W. Kassnar after it was reported that she was unresponsive. Along with a two-year-old female, the 10-month-old female was with her step-father, Lira. 

She was later airlifted to UMC in Lubbock with life-threatening injuries. After it was determined that this could have been possible abuse, ECSO went to the address and talked to the Lira. 

After a long interview process with Lira, an arrest warrant was obtained and Lira was placed into custody.