Stepfather charged in death of toddler in Kingsland

MICHAEL LEN GROGG

FROM STAFF REPORTS

KINGSLAND — Llano County deputies arrested a 25-year-old man after investigators believe he might have caused injuries to a 19-month-old child who died July 28.Llano County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged Michael Len Grogg with first-degree serious injury to a child. He was arrested Aug. 1 and booked into the Llano County Jail.

The investigation began July 25 when Llano County deputies, the Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department and EMS responded to a residence in the 600 block of Gold Street in Kingsland after a caller reported a 19-month-old child was losing consciousness and having difficulty breathing.

A helicopter transported the child, identified as Paydin Len Grogg, to Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin.

According to a news release from LCSO, officials on the scene called Llano County investigators to the scene because of “suspicious circumstances.”

The child suffered from severe swelling of the brain and was eventually taken off life support July 28, officials said.

During an autopsy July 29 by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, investigators learned the preliminary findings indicated injuries that were inconsistent with what Michael Len Grogg, identified as the child’s stepfather, told deputies during the initial investigation.

Officials met with Dell Children’s Medical Center physicians about the child’s injuries leading investigators to believe the injuries were consistent with abuse.

On Aug. 1, investigators interviewed additional witnesses and the suspect before formally arresting the man the following day.

If convicted, the man could face up to 99 years in prison.

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