A Fort Bliss soldier who two years ago lost his young daughter in a highly publicized battle with leukemia was arrested on Monday on a charge of capital murder in the death of his 1-year-old son this year.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Crispen Hanson, 38, was indicted on charges of capital murder, murder and two counts of injury to a child in the death of his son Malachi Cosby.
El Paso police officials said the toddler died as a result of blunt force trauma, making his death the city's latest homicide.
Hanson is also the father of Aiyana Hanson, a student at Barron Elementary School whose classmates rallied around her when she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, according to El Paso Times archives. Aiyana died of leukemia in 2010.
Hanson has coached youth track teams and is listed as the coach of the Team Bliss youth track and field and cross country club.
On Monday, detectives arrested Hanson after a state grand jury handed up an indictment Friday in connection with the death of Malachi, who died April 9. County birth records show Malachi was 14 months old.
The indictment stated that Hanson caused the death of the toddler by hitting Malachi in the abdomen with his hand and with an unknown object, and slammed the child's abdomen against an unknown object.
Police said the charges of injury to a child are in connection with two incidents prior to the death of the boy.
According to the indictment, Hanson injured the baby, who at the time was 7 to 8 months old, by hitting him with an unknown object in a leg and twisting a leg on Aug. 29 and Sept. 17.
Hanson, of the 10900 block of Ernie Banks Drive, was jailed on bonds totaling $700,000.
Hanson had previously been in the news as a loving father supporting his 9-year-old daughter Aiyana, who was diagnosed with acute myelo monocytic leukemia in September 2009. Aiyana, who loved to run track, received encouragement from the community with rallies at her school, and she served as inspiration for local youth track teams. She died Feb. 22, 2010.
After Aiyana's death, her family created the Aiyana C. Hanson Foundation to help children fighting cancer. More than 200 people took part in a run in memory of the youngster two years ago.
In recent months, Hanson's postings on his page on the social networking site Facebook indicated he was having a difficult time.
"So many little angels taken from us, god chose you so young in life, as I may not understand why, I will always believe there is a reason why he makes the choices he does," Hanson posted on April 11, two days after Malachi's death.
"Feel so broken, my heart is in too many pieces to mend," he posted April 15. "I try to pick up the pieces, but can't find the start line."
Messages left by his friends and family tried to encourage him.
Hanson's last Facebook posting was May 23, in which he stated, "Life is like going up and down stairs. You always have to go down to get back up. I will get back up the stairs."
Daniel Borunda may be reached at email@example.com; 546-6102. Follow him on Twitter @BorundaDaniel. Reporter Adriana M. Chávez contributed to this story.