Authorities arrested a man Thursday in connection with the 2012 death of Breanna Michelle Perry, 3, of Denison.
On Nov. 28, 2012, Denison Police Officer Troy Laroche responded to a call of injury to a child at Texoma Medical Center, DPD Lt. Mike Eppler said in a written statement. The child was flown by air ambulance to a Dallas hospital where she later died. Denison Police Department investigators, led by Detective Chris Nordhoff, discovered that the child had a fractured skull, bruising in the head and facial areas, and showed evidence of choking.
“The officers and detectives put in a lot of work and man hours into this case,” Eppler said.
On Thursday, Frisco Police officers arrested 33-year-old Justin Robert Boyce of Sherman at the Frisco department store where he worked. Officers made the arrest on charges of capital murder, murder and injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury. Boyce is currently being held at the Grayson County Jail. He was indicted earlier this week on the above charges and bail on each of those charges is set at $250,000. An indictment is a formal charge and is not an indication of guilt.
“Detective Nordhoff and the other detectives that were involved with this investigation are to be commended for their diligence and commitment to this very lengthy investigation,” the Denison PD’s statement said, “Recognition also goes to the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, which has been instrumental in the investigation of this case. We also want to thank the Frisco Police Department for their assistance in the apprehension of Boyce.”
Boyce’s attorney Bob Jarvis said the arrest came as a surprise.
“(Boyce) has been cooperative with the police. He’s done everything they have asked him to do. He passed a polygraph test,” Jarvis said.
There were two other suspects in the investigation, Jarvis said, one of which did not pass the polygraph test.
Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said his office is confident in the evidence against Boyce.
An obituary for Breanna Michelle Perry showed that she was born on Nov. 11, 2009 to William and Sara (Villanueva) Perry in Fort Worth.
Herald Democrat writer, Jerrie Whiteley contributed to this report.