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Texas Man Allegedly Confesses To Killing 2-Year-Old Daughter With A Hammer

ORANGE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A police affidavit says a Texas man found naked and stained with blood told officers that he killed his 2-year-old daughter, who had been bludgeoned with a hammer.

Yovahnis Roque
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The affidavit says an officer's body camera captured 26-year-old Yovahnis Roque confessing Tuesday in the death of his child in a home in the southeast Texas city of Orange, about 30 mile east of Beaumont.

Police say the body of little Svannah Roque was found in a closet.

In court Wednesday, a judge was explaining the charges against Roque when the suspect blurted out: "The government made me do it."

Savannah Roque
(credit: Family Photo/KYTX CBS19)

Roque and the baby lived with Roque's mother, who found the body.

Roque previously lived in Florida. A television station in Miami-Dade County reports the child was weeks old when her mother was struck and killed by an impaired driver.

Roque is charged with capital murder and is being held on a $2 million bond.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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