Police: 8-year-old girl died of dehydration after being forced to jump on trampoline in high heat

Posted at 4:26 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 17:26:03-04

ODESSA, TX — Odessa police have arrested two suspects in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl in August.

Odessa Police arrested Daniel Schwarz, 44 years of age and Ashley Schwarz, 34 years of age, and charged both with capital murder.

On August 29, 2020, Odessa Police responded to the 4300 block of Locust Avenue in reference to a medical call. Upon arrival, officers observed an 8-year-old female, who was later pronounced deceased on scene.

The investigation revealed that the 8-year-old child had been punished and was not allowed to eat breakfast.

Police say the child was required to jump on the trampoline without stopping for an extended period of time.

Further investigation revealed that the 8-year-old child was not allowed to drink any water because she was not jumping.

A search warrant was later obtained and the temperature of the trampoline read to be approximately 110 degrees, according to police.

On October 8, 2020, the Odessa Police Department received the final autopsy report, which listed the manner of death as homicide and the cause of death to be dehydration.

Based on the facts and circumstances presented during the investigation, capital murder warrants were obtained for both Daniel Schwarz and Ashley Schwarz, who were charged and arrested accordingly and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.