A Texas man is behind bars after he reportedly killed his 2-year-old daughter on Tuesday to remove a microchip he insisted the government placed in her.
The Ledger reports that 26-year-old Yovahnis Roque allegedly confessed to an officer to bludgeoning his little girl, Savanna Roque, to death inside their Orange home, near the Louisiana border. Roque reportedly insisted he wanted to destroy a microchip implanted inside the girl’s head, which apparently was a figment of his imagination.
The suspect’s mother called police after she discovered Savannah deceased in the home at around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. When police arrived, they found Roque, bloodied and naked, sitting on his front porch. They found the little girl, equally bloodied, deceased inside a bedroom closet.
Police arrested Roque and charged him with murder. Initially, officers thought Savanna had been stabbed to death. They later determined she was killed with a hammer.
Yovahnis Roque, 26, arrested for capital murder after his 2-year-old daughter was found dead in home earlier today in Orange.https://t.co/i4XSJ3XUxD pic.twitter.com/KZaEh9Mj0s
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Orange Police Captain Robert Enmon called the killing the worst case he’d seen in 29 years in law enforcement.
“In my 29 years of being an officer, this is by far the worst case I have ever seen,” Enmon said. “It’s the stuff of nightmares.”
Minutes before the girl’s death, the suspect’s longtime friend, Abner Santiago, received a series of strange text messages from Roque.
“He was messaging me weird coded messages about the world ending. “He wasn’t like this before when I knew him back in Miami,” Santiago to the Beaumont Enterprise.
One of the messages stated there would be an “an all out war.”
The little girl’s mother, Rachel Foster, was killed in a 2016 car accident. The suspect, who was also in the car, was reportedly seriously injured. The accident happened after the couple’s car was hit by a drunk driver in Florida. Rachel Foster had just given birth to Savannah weeks before the accident.
During his first court appearance on Wednesday, Roque, who was wheeled into the courtroom in a orange jumpsuit, appeared disheveled while he stared blankly at reporters. Enmon said the suspect was placed in a wheelchair after he resisted going to court numerous times. He was shackled to the wheelchair and pushed to the courtroom to make the process easier, KOGT reports.
As Judge Courtney Arkeen arraigned him on capital murder charges. The suspect reportedly claimed “the government made me do it,” but denied killing his little girl.
“I’ve been out of my control for a very long time, miss, a very long time! I did not kill my daughter. I’m moving without control.”
The suspect the reportedly asked how “this happened to me.” The judge told him that should be a question he asked himself.
As the judge continued, Roque interrupted her numerous times, insisting he had no control.
“I’m in control here and I’m going to tell you what the punishment range is. It’s life in prison or the death penalty. Do you understand?” Arkeen replied.
The judge ordered the suspect to remain behind bars on a $2 million bond.
The story continues to develop. Check back CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Savanna Roque/Handout]