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June 30th, 2009
HCSO helps find headstone for murdered infant

James Deatherage (left) and Jason Robles (right) with Aiden Perez’s headstone. Deatherage donated the headstone in memory of Perez.


Members of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) recently stepped in to help provide a headstone for the grave of a murdered infant.

Aiden Skylar Perez, born June 30, 2007, was killed by his stepfather, Richard Perez, on January 4, 2008. Perez was recently found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Perez hit Aiden on the head and tried to blame the resulting injuries on a car accident.

“It was immediately clear to on-scene personnel that the child would not have suffered fatal injuries due to the minor accident that he was involved in,” Hays County sheriff’s investigator Jeri Skrocki stated in the arrest warrant affidavit. “…Perez indicated that he was unsure how the child had sustained the fatal injuries” but later acknowledged dropping the infant on his head, the document states.

When members of the HCSO and Hays County District Attorney’s office recently visited Aiden’s grave, they discovered there was no headstone.

Luckly, HCSO Lieutenant Kevin Ficke knew some people that could help.

Ficke contacted his friends James and Laurie Deatherage, who own Deatherage’s Carter Memorials in Seguin. He explained the situation and on June 30, James Deatherage delivered and placed a headstone at Aiden’s grave at no cost.

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