A Brownwood woman was indicted for capital murder in the Nov. 19 death of her 2-year-old son.

The February session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Vanessa Narvaez, 21, court records show.

Narvaez is accused in the indictment of causing Anival Ivan Narvaez’s death by “striking him against the floor or a hard surface, or by striking him with a blunt object, or by manner and means unknown to the grand jury.”

Narvaez earlier told an investigator she picked the child up and slammed him to the floor twice, CPS documents filed in the Brown County District Clerk’s office state.


Anival sustained a severely fractured skull and died during emergency surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, the CPS documents state.


Narvaez remains in the Brown County Jail with no bond set.

Police, firefighters and Lifeguard Ambulance were dispatched at noon Nov. 19 to an apartment at the Villas Apartments, 4235 South U.S. 377, for a medical emergency involving a child, police said earlier.


The child was transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center in critical condition with head injuries inconsistent with information provided by the mother at the scene, police said,
The child was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where he died.


According to CPS documents:


Narvaez’s husband, Daniel, said he was out getting lunch and came home to find his wife holding the unconscious Anival. Daniel Narvaez said his wife told him Anival had climbed on a 4-foot-tall dresser and fallen off.


The CPS investigator asked an emergency room doctor if Anival could have sustained his injury by falling off a 4-foot-tall dresser. The doctor replied that it was “not likely unless someone hit Anival halfway down with a baseball bat,” documents state.

The doctor told the investigator he has treated children kicked in the head by a horse who did not sustain such a severe fracture.


Narvaez told Texas Ranger Jason Shea she “picked Anival up and slammed him down on the floor not once but twice,” CPS documents state. “Law enforcement then took Mrs. Narvaez to the home and had her re-enact the incident.”