Mother of Murdered 3 yr old, Had Kids Taken Before

Gary Trupe, Potter-Randall Special Crimes
Gary Trupe, Potter-Randall Special Crimes

A tragic ending to a young life. A three year old Amarillo boy's death is now being called a murder, after test results show the toddler was malnourished, dehydrated, and beaten.

Investigators say three year old Miraculous Manriquez autopsy revealed the little boy had been abused over time, until it killed him.

Now officials are looking for his murderer and trying to protect Miraculous' siblings from suffering the same fate.

A 9-1-1 call early Tuesday morning, reported Miraculous wasn't breathing. Officers on scene reported seeing bruises on the youngster's face.

This isn't the first time someone has reported seeing abuse in this family.

Greg Cunningham with CPS says, "We have a pretty extensive history with this family. It goes back several years. At one point we actually removed the children from this home. This was several years ago. The mother made some changes in the home, the boyfriend who was living there at the time was no longer there. We kept custody of the children for about a year while she worked, took parenting classes, things of that nature."

Since 2001, about 10 investigations have been conducted into allegations the children were being neglected or abused.

Cunningham says some were ruled out and others proved to be true.

Investigators for CPS went to see the children in September and reportedly saw no sign of abuse.

While CPS is looking to protect these kids raging from one year old to 12... The police are looking to catch a killer.

Lt. Gary Trupe with Potter-Randall Special Crimes says, "We know there are several people that we still need to interview. Several things that are slowly trickling in, as well as other people knowing things, we are getting phone calls that are telling us little bits of information that they have."

Along with interviews, investigators are waiting for toxicology and lab reports.

Lt. Trupe says they hope to make an arrest soon.. But know the test results and interviews will take weeks to conduct.