Murder suspect lies about missing baby to police

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Police believe suspect made up story to create confusion

PHOENIX - Police responded to a call of a man dead and a baby missing late Saturday night.

It happened at the Apple Tree Apartments on 32nd Street near McDowell but as officers started their investigation, they realized all the pieces did not add up.

Police officers arrived on the scene to find a man dead and his roommate's baby missing. That baby is safe but his dad is behind bars accused of murder.

Neighbors describe Saturday night as "scary and a "tragedy." Police say a woman called police complaining that, "She had a 1-year-old baby left with the victim and returned home to find him dead and the baby gone."

Police immediately started to search the area. That is when they realized, according to Sgt. Andy Hill, that police, "Did not have a stranger abduction. We had a homicide and people trying to cover up the crime."

Police arrested the baby's dad, 27-year-old Hanson Eugene Fields for allegedly shooting and killing the couple's 30-year-old roommate.

Police say the three adults, all roommates, were at a party where the two men got into an argument which resulted in the shooting.

Neighbors say they did not see or hear anything but are thankful to hear the baby is okay although, in fact, police say the baby was safe all along.

Hill explains, "The suspect concocted this plan to deceive us to go look for child who in fact the whole time was with someone they knew and was safe."

That someone returned the boy safely to police who in turn arrested his dad charging him with second-degree murder.

The child is now with his mother. She has not been charged with any crimes but police are still investigating.

The victim's name has not been released while police work to notify next of kin.