Man, 27, reportedly killed girlfriend's toddler after girl painted on a photo of him

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 20, 2018
05:16 P.M.
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Last Friday a toddler named Skylar Hartley was killed by her mother’s boyfriend. Dennys Llopiz was taken into custody on Monday for her death.

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Reports state that the boyfriend flew into a rage after the little girl painted over a picture of him. The extent to which Llopiz beat her is quite shocking.

Dennys Llopiz, 27, is a Miami Beach, Florida resident who has been accused by the police of murdering his girlfriend’s daughter. The suspect was said to have beaten Skylar Hartley, 3, to death last week after she painted on a photograph of him.

Llopiz has been in police custody since Monday without bond when he was charged with first-degree murder. He appeared in court on Tuesday and faces life in prison.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The police found Hartley’s naked body in the shower at the suspect’s home.

The toddler sustained “abrasions and a small injury” to her head, facial bruising, a lacerated liver, fractured ribs, and a ruptured air sac. Blunt force trauma was found to be the official cause of death.

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Llopiz tried to spin a story to the police when they asked him what happened to the toddler. According to a police report, the suspect said Hartley had an accident, so he put her in the shower.

He alleged that the girl had fallen the day before on slippery rocks during a fishing trip. Later on, he called out to her but got no response.

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Llopiz claimed he then found her “slouched against a wall in the shower,” according to the report. However, investigators found text messages on Llopiz’s phone which indicated that he flew into a fit of rage after Hartley painted on the photo.

NBC 6 spoke with Hartley's mother, Maria Lopez, who tearfully remembered her daughter.

She told the station, “I thought I was preparing a birthday, not a funeral,” and added that “She didn’t deserve this.” 

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help cover the little girl’s funeral costs. The page has raised $8,907 of its $10,000 goal in just two days.

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