Girl, 8, dies of dehydration after 'guardians forced her to jump non-stop on a trampoline in sweltering 110-degree heat'
13th October 2020

AN eight-year-old girl died of dehydration after her "guardians" allegedly forced her to jump non-stop on a trampoline in 110-degree heat.

Daniel Schwarz, 44, and Ashley Schwarz, 34 – the alleged guardians of the young girl – were arrested and charged on Monday in Odessa, Texas.



Both are now facing capital murder charges in the girl's death.

Police "observed" the young girl when they arrived at the couple's home for a medical call on August 29 at approximately 1.49pm.

She was pronounced dead on scene.

"Investigation revealed that the eight-year-old child had been punished and was not allowed to eat breakfast and was required to jump on the trampoline without stopping for an extended period of time," the Odessa Police Department said in a Monday news release.

"Further investigation revealed that the 8-year-old child was not allowed to drink any water because she was not jumping."

Family members identified the girl as Jaylin and said the Schwarz's were her guardians, KOSA reported.

OPD spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur could not confirm on Monday afternoon if the child was in foster care, according to the Odessa American.

After a search warrant was conducted, police found the trampoline temperature to be about 110 degrees.

Police also found the ground to be approximately 150 degrees.

The Schwarz's arrest comes four days after police obtained the girl's final autopsy report.

Jaylin's cause of death was dehydration and the manner of death was listed as homicide, police said.

The couple was taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center after their arrest.

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