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Father sentenced to year in jail for biting, abusing daughter

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Abiezer Zuniga was sentenced to a year in jail for biting and physically abusing his daughter because of her crying. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Abiezer Zuniga was sentenced to a year in jail for biting and physically abusing his daughter because of her crying. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Sandy Aranda says she didn't report the alleged abuse out of fear. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Sandy Aranda says she didn't report the alleged abuse out of fear. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix man accused of biting and physically abusing his infant daughter was sentenced to a year in jail Friday.

Judge Pamela Gates also sentenced Abiezer Neftali Zuniga, 19, to 30 years of supervised probation on two counts of child abuse.

Zuniga and the mother of the child, Sandy Yesenia Arnada were arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on April 5, 2014, after their then 1-year-old daughter was found with numerous bite marks and injuries.

Aranda's parents called police because they hadn't seen their granddaughter for a while, according to a police officer's probable cause statement. Aranda and Zuniga were both 18 at the time. 

Police said they found the child's injuries severe enough that paramedics were called to treat her.

Aranda said her husband had begun abusing the child in February 2014, pulling the child into a bedroom, shutting the door and then pulling out hair and biting her, according to the statement.

She said that while she was aware of the abuse, she didn't want her daughter growing up without her father and feared retribution because she struck Zuniga with a bottle, according to the statement.

Zuniga told officers that he was mad at the child because of her crying and would pull out her hair, bite her and slapped her across the mouth, according to the statement.