An Arizona infant died after his father allegedly bent his body in half out of frustration while he was trying to get the baby to stop crying, Fox News reported.
Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, called emergency services on December 19, claiming that he had just woken up to find that his son had stopped breathing. Police performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived, ABC 15 reported.
The boy was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he died two days later on December 21.
Doctors told police that the 6-month-old boy had injuries that were “not survivable,” including lacerations in his liver and pancreas, a wrist fracture and pattern bruising on his thigh.
Resendiz allegedly told police that he found his son unresponsive and not breathing, but the boy’s mother said that when she went to work that morning, her son was awake and alert, Arizona Central reported.
When police confronted Resendiz, he allegedly admitted that he put the boy’s legs over his head and pressed, Fox 10 reported.
The police report said Resendiz put “pressure on the victim and did not release pressure until the victim had stopped moving and was limp." The father used about 65 percent of his strength to do this, he allegedly told police. He also told police that he bit his son twice out of “frustration.”
About an hour before the suspect called 911, he texted the mother and said that the infant boy was doing fine, Arizona Central reported. But at 12:45 PM, the father sent the woman a text saying that the boy had stopped breathing.
Now that the child is dead, additional charges are pending, CBS News reported.
Resendiz has no prior convictions or arrests, according to his probable cause for arrest statement.
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