Mom's boyfriend indicted for death of 3 year-old girl

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Suspect charged by county attorney
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UPDATE: Nov. 26

PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has filed charges against a man accused of killing his girlfriend's toddler.

Alvaro Duarte is facing first-degree murder and child abuse charges for the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

The girl's older brother told police he saw Duarte stomp on the little girl's cheest and that he remembered seeing blood in the bathroom.

On November 25, 2008 a grand jury indicted the defendant on the following charges:

First Degree Murder, a class one felony, a dangerous crime against children, and a domestic

violence offense

Child Abuse, a class two felony, a dangerous crime against children, and a domestic violence

offense

Child Abuse, a class four felony, and domestic violence offense

Deputy County Attorney Janine Letellier is prosecuting the case.

Thomas stated, "We feel a First Degree Murder charge is appropriate because of the violent nature of the child's death as outlined by Avondale Police. We thank Avondale Police for providing the necessary information to move this case forward ."

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AVONDALE -- The following is a press release from the Avondale Police Department:

Avondale police are awaiting a coroner's report into the cause of death of a 3-year-old girl.

Around 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Avondale paramedics responded to an apartment complex in the 300 block of West Van Buren Street to a call of a child not breathing. Alisandra Oliviana Romero, 3, was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead around 10:15 a.m. According to police, the child had multiple bruises on her body.

Alvaro Francisco Holguin Duarte, 23, Alisandra's mother's boyfriend, was taken in for questioning. He was arrested later that evening and charged with child abuse. He may face other charges, pending the outcome of the Medical Examiner's report.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Avondale Police Department at (623) 333-7001.