2-year-old died from abuse, not drowning: DA

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A 2-year-old boy who died in Rodeo on Monday was killed by injuries from prolonged abuse. 

According to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, the county previously reported that the child had drowned, but two people were arrested for murder in connection with the child’s death.

The DA’s office also said a second child in the care of the suspects suffered life-threatening injuries from abuse. 

Destiny Deboe, 22, and Tyshawn Haywood, 21, remain in custody awaiting arraignment.

“The loss of a young life is a tragedy that deeply impacts us all,” said DA Diana Becton. “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of the victim during this incredibly difficult time. We are committed to seeking justice and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.”

On Monday, at around 8:50 p.m., Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of California Street after receiving a report of a child drowning in a bathtub. 

The boy died at the hospital.

On Thursday, the DA’s office announced that the child died from abuse. 

Both suspects are being held on a $1.07 million bail.

Haywood and Deboe were arrested on suspicion of murder, felony infliction of injury to a child, and torture.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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