Monday, October 22, 2012

In Arizona, Phoenix man arrested in death of baby daughter | Shaken Baby Syndrome

Sadly, a Phoenix father has been arrested in the death of his daughter last week.  According to the article published online, Phoenix police reportedly arrested a man in the death of his 9-week-old daughter.

Police said Gilbert Salazar Betancourt, 26, reportedly drove the baby to Tempe St. Luke's at about 9:30 p.m. on May 16. The infant then was flown to Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa where doctors said she had a growing hematoma to the head, rib and skull fractures, and evidence of shaken baby syndrome.

The baby's parents reportedly could not explain the injuries.

According to the police report, the child's mother, Jessica Garcia, had reportedly gone to work at 3 p.m. and the grandmother watched the infant until the father arrived at 6 p.m. Betancourt took the baby into a bedroom and fed her through a feeding tube due to a medical issue at birth.

He reportedly told police he then watched television while the baby slept. When he later picked up Alexus to feed her again, she was limp and unresponsive. He placed her on the floor and provided infant CPR. He said he heard a heartbeat but she was not breathing.

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