The Maricopa County Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Friday that Diego Miguel Garcia, 23, who was arrested in early February for the death of his girlfriend’s toddler son under his care, has been indicted.
Based on court docket paperwork, at round 11 p.m. Phoenix hearth crews had responded to an residence close to South Montezuma Road for reviews of a 911 name a few half 12 months outdated baby with seen indicators of trauma.
Crews transported him to Valleywise County Medical Hospital for remedy and notified Phoenix police whereas en path to the hospital.
On the hospital, a physician reported that the toddler had preliminary accidents to their head, lip and bruising to the left cheek, again and stomach, in addition to a contusion to the pinnacle inflicting a cranial bleed, court docket paperwork state.
The kid was not anticipated to outlive his accidents, later being pronounced useless the subsequent morning on Feb. 2.
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What led as much as the kid’s death?
When officers arrived on the scene, they interviewed the kid’s grandmother, who had referred to as 911.
Based on court docket paperwork, the grandmother mentioned the toddler’s mom had gone to the grandmother’s home with the kid and the boy was unresponsive. She additionally instructed officers that she had been watching him from 7:30 a.m. to five p.m. earlier that day and that he didn’t have any seen accidents nor behaved “out of the bizarre”.
Courtroom paperwork present that the kid’s mom corroborated the grandmother’s story, saying the toddler was appearing regular when she picked him up.
At round 5:30 p.m., the toddler’s mom left to go to work, leaving her baby in the care of her live-in boyfriend, Diego Garcia, in addition to Garcia’s 5-year-old baby.
Based on court docket paperwork, Garcia had been courting the toddler’s mom for about 4 to 6 weeks whereas residing on the residence for almost a month.
At 9 p.m., Diego referred to as the toddler’s mom saying that the 2 children had been taking part in when the toddler hit his head, inflicting his lip to bleed.
Courtroom paperwork present that the boy’s mom returned to the house at round 10:30 p.m. to verify on her son and located him asleep, with a minimize on his lip, a bump on the pinnacle and unresponsive.
In an effort to wake the kid, the mom put chilly water on his face, however the baby nonetheless didn’t reply.
She then took him to the grandmother’s home for assist and requested her to name 911, court docket paperwork state.
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Based on court docket paperwork, Garcia had been the one grownup watching the kid throughout the timeframe when the accidents had taken place, and on Feb. 2 was interviewed on the Phoenix police headquarters.
Based on court docket paperwork, Garcia gave a number of accounts of what had occurred whereas watching the kid between the hours of 5:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Courtroom paperwork state that these variations had been inconsistent with the accidents sustained by the toddler, in addition to with the scene.
Garcia had initially acknowledged that the toddler bumped into the sting of a door and hit his head on the wall, saying he had not been taking note of each kids whereas in custody of them.
He then instructed officers that the kid had fallen off the sofa and hit his head, in addition to falling out of a crib, hitting his head on the tile ground. Garcia continued by saying the kid really slipped from his arms whereas he tried to select him up from the crib.
Based on court docket paperwork, Garcia then instructed officers that the third time the toddler hit his head was when Garcia hit him on the again of the pinnacle whereas he was sitting on the ground, inflicting him to fall ahead, reducing his lip.
Courtroom paperwork state that Garcia had by no means been given permission to bodily self-discipline the toddler, nor did he have any authorized parental rights to him.
Garcia is now dealing with a number of fees together with one depend of first-degree homicide, a category one harmful crime in opposition to kids and one depend of baby abuse, a category two harmful crime in opposition to kids.
“Kids are some of essentially the most susceptible in our neighborhood and when a baby dies by the hands of an grownup, this workplace will search justice for the tragic loss of life,” County Lawyer Rachel Mitchell mentioned in the assertion.
No different info had been launched.
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