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4-year-old dies, mom's boyfriend charged with capital murder

Ramiro Delreal-Contreras, 24 (Source: Auburn Police Department) Ramiro Delreal-Contreras, 24 (Source: Auburn Police Department)

A man is facing capital murder charges after a girl, who was sent to the hospital last week, died from severe injuries following a domestic assault. Authorities tell News Leader 9 Ava Zapata, 4, suffered injuries to her intestines, causing her organs to shut down.  

She was in the care of her mom's live-in boyfriend, 24-year-old Ramiro Delreal-Contreras, who allegedly told investigators he accidentally kicked the little girl in her stomach while babysitting.

Delreal-Contreras also told police he did not tell anyone because he thought Ava would get better. 

He was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault Thursday night after the Lee County Department of Human Resources notified police of a child with a serious injury being treated at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital.  Ava died Sunday at UAB.   

Delreal-Contreras remains behind bars at the Lee County Detention Center.  He's being held with no bond. 

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