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He savagely pummeled a little girl to death in Miami Beach, cops say. He’ll stay in jail

Bond court hearing for accused child killer Dennys Llopiz

Dennys Llopiz, the Miami Beach man accused of viciously beating 3-year-old Skyler Hartley to death, will remain in jail before trial, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
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Dennys Llopiz, the Miami Beach man accused of viciously beating 3-year-old Skyler Hartley to death, will remain in jail before trial, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

The Miami Beach man accused of viciously beating a 3-year-old girl to death won’t be getting out of jail.

A judge on Tuesday ordered that Dennys Llopiz be held in jail without bond on allegations he murdered his girlfriend’s daughter, Skyler Hartley, inside a North Beach studio apartment.

The bearded and shaggy-haired Llopiz appeared via closed-circuit TV from a West Miami-Dade jail. He did not say anything during the brief hearing.

Llopiz on Friday night called 911, claiming that he found Skyler slumped over in the shower after he put her there because she soiled herself.

But then he told shifting versions of what happened, including that Skyler fell on some rocks when they were fishing under a bridge the night before. The girl’s mother, however, told police they hadn’t gone fishing.

Skyler, who had extensive bruising on her body, was rushed to Mt. Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach. Doctors there pronounced her dead.

The autopsy, however, revealed far worse injuries.

The little girl has suffered a “large laceration” to her liver. Her large intestine, bowels and diaphragm and right lung were all bruised. The air sacs in her lungs were ruptured. Three ribs were fractured.

The cause of death: blunt force trauma.

The 27-year-old Llopiz did not confess to the murder, according to his arrest report, but detectives noted a reason that might have sparked the brutal beating: The night of the murder, he texted the girls’ mother that he was upset that Skyler had used nail polish to paint on a printed photo of him.

“He was the lone person in charge of the child at the time of her death,” Assistant State Attorney Genevieve Valle told a bond-court judge on Tuesday morning.

The girl’s mother, Maria Lopez, 24, was at work at a restaurant during the suspected beating.

The Florida Department of Children and Families said Tuesday that the agency had only one interaction with her Lopez, when somebody alleged that the woman used heroin around her daughter in 2017. The allegation proved unfounded. An investigation, however, revealed that Lopez only occasionally used marijuana and the home was “clean and free of any environmental hazards.”

In DCF reports released Tuesday, daycare workers and others interviewed by DCF described Skyler as well behaved and taken care of. The girl proudly told a DCF investigator that she didn’t need diapers because she could go to the bathroom on her own, her favorite color was blue and her favorite princesses were Elsa and Anna from the movie Frozen.

Lopez told DCF that Skyler had tought her “unconditional love” and that they “go on different trips, they enjoy watching TV together, doing laundry as well as going to the beach.”

“The tragic loss of Skylar is heartbreaking and our condolences are with her loved ones,” the agency said in a statement. “DCF has opened a child death investigation and will conduct a thorough review of the prior investigation which closed with no indicators.”

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