Boyfriend Arrested in Sexual Assault, Killing of 2-Year-Old

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    Mug shot of Donald Ray Sparks, Jr.

    A man is in jail accused of sexually assaulting and killing his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter, Fort Worth Police said Sunday.

    Police were called to a home in the 5900 block of Wilkes Drive Thursday evening after the little girl had been injured, according to a news release issued Sunday. She was transported to Cook Children's Hospital with head trauma and hemorrhaging.

    While at the hospital, medical experts also realized the severely injured toddler had also been sexually assaulted.

    Brelynn Nobles died Friday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. Her death was ruled a homicide by "blunt trauma to the abdomen."

    When questioned about the incident Friday, Fort Worth police released very little information -- only saying they were "still interviewing the child's caregivers."

    Nobles' mother said she was at work Thursday and her boyfriend, Donald Ray Sparks, Jr, was caring for her child. Police said they interviewed Sparks, but didn't go into detail as to what he told them.

    Two warrants were issued Saturday for Sparks' arrest.

    He was booked into jail Sunday for capital murder of a child under the age of 6, and aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bond has been set at $50,000.

    The child's mother is not expected to face any charges, police said.