EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Griffis talks about beaten baby investigation

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ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2/Fox 24) – A disturbing video of a baby being beaten prompted an investigation from the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and the arrest of two people.

A disturbing video of a baby being beaten prompted an investigation from the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and the arrest of two people.

“A lady arrived at the Medical Center emergency room with an unresponsive child,” said Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis.

That 22-month-old baby covered in bruises.

“We did secure video of the motel where these individuals are staying,” said Griffis. “I’m telling you when I saw this video of what this individual did to that little boy, I got chills. I actually got chills and nothing bothers me after over 30 years in law enforcement.”

One suspect is the child’s mother, 24-year-old Diamond Rocha. Sheriff Griffis says she lied about the circumstances.

“People do this kind of thing to children, to babies, and then the significant other trying to cover for this person,” said Griffis.

Sheriff Griffis explained the relationship between the two suspects.

“It’s a boyfriend. We have contacted the biologoical father. He was not involved at all,” Griffis stated.

The other suspect is 24-year-old Johnathan McKissick. Authorities say he’s the mother’s boyfriend.

Both are now facing attempted capital murder charges.

“Really and truly at this time, we don’t know what the future may hold for the child,” said Griffis. “We’re hoping and praying that this little guy will make a full recovery.”

“We do have to have evidence, it has to be proven. If we can prove it, we’re going to pile as many charges as we can on them as we can.”

Here is a timeline of when this happened:

  • Baby was taken to ER on Feb. 27
  • Charges have now been upgraded
  • Shocking video came from local motel
  • Medical conditions for the rest of his life

We also reached out to McKissick’s mom but she declined to comment.

Earlier this evening, the Sheriff told us he’s learned there’s another child involved, a seven-month-old.

Child protective services has intervened and the child is now in a safe environment.

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