Alvin man gets death for stomping baby son dead

March 21, 2011 3:31:24 PM PDT
A Southeast Texas man is going to death row -- sent there by a Galveston County jury that convicted him of sexually assaulting his 3-month-old son before stomping him to death in 2008.

The Houston Chronicle reports jurors took three hours Monday to agree on a death sentence for 24-year-old Travis James Mullis of Alvin in the death of his infant son, Alijah.

DNA tests presented during the penalty phase of his trial showed that Mullis sexually abused the child before killing him. Police in Philadelphia, to where Mullis had fled after the death, say he acknowledged stomping the child's skull to stop him from crying.