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Phoenix toddler dies after his father bends him in half

Police report that a 6-month-old Arizona toddler died after his father repeatedly bent him in half to silence his crying. 

Police arrested Robert Anthony Resendiz on Tuesday, December 19 after his son was taken to the local Children’s Hospital. According to the doctors, the baby had fatal injuries and had no chance to survive. The infant was reported dead on December 21, two days after staying at the hospital and receiving medical care. 

Resendiz called 911 at around 12:45 p.m. saying that he just got out of bed and found the baby silent and not breathing. When police arrived at their house, an officer performed CPR on the child until emergency medical technicians arrived. After the medical examination, it turned out the baby suffered grade 4 lacerations to his liver and pancreas, a wrist fracture and right thigh bruises. The mother of the child claimed that her son was fine when she left for work in the morning. She told the police officers that she texted Resendiz around 11:45 a.m to make sure the child was in good care. She received a reply that the baby was fine. Only an hour later, another text followed saying the child was not conscious.

When interviewed by police, Resendiz “admitted to pressing the infant’s legs over his head and bending his body in order to stop the victim from crying”. He used 65 percent of his strength to place pressure on the victim until the child stopped moving. He also admitted to bit his infant few times out of irritation and frustration.

Resendiz was initially facing felony charges of child abuse, but following his son’s death, charges may change. He is kept in jail on a $250,000 bond. His first court hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.


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