An autopsy conducted on the body of an Oakley mother who was killed by her boyfriend Wednesday showed that she was beaten to death with a baseball bat, according to the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.Elizabeth Reyes, 21, died from skull fractures and a brain injury caused by multiple blunt force impact trauma from being beaten with a baseball bat, according to her autopsy report.Police found Reyes in the 100 the block of Pheasant Way shortly before 4:30 p.m.after her boyfriend called to say that he had hit her in their home and wasn’t sure of her condition, Oakley police Chief Chris Thorsen said.During the call, the boyfriend, Francisco Javier Ayala-Lares, 21, also told the dispatcher that he was in the 400 block of West Fourth Street in Antioch and that he wanted to turn himself in, Thorsen said.
Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies went to that location and arrested him without incident, Thorsen said.He is being held in county jail on suspicion of homicide. His bail has been set at $1 million, according to county jail officials. Ayala-Lares has no prior criminal record in Contra Costa County,according to court records, and Thorsen said he was not aware of any previous reports of domestic violence involving the couple.The couple’s two children, ages 11 months and two years, have been taken into protective custody, Thorsen said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (925) 646-2441.
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