Gilbert police: Father killed 2-month-old daughter, 911 tape released

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GILBERT - Police have released the 911 call in the case of a Gilbert man accused of killing his 2-month-old daughter.

Ricky Martinez, who turned 20 Saturday, has been booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. Police say he lied about how his daughter was injured last Sunday.

According to the 911 call, Martinez said the baby fell off the bed while he was changing her diaper. He said she injured her head in that fall.

"I heard a crack when she fell and it's really, really, really swollen the side of her head," Martinez told the 911 operator.

On Friday, one day after the baby died of her injuries, police arrested Martinez on charges of child abuse and first-degree murder.

"The infant fell basically from a bedroom bed, fell on to a carpeted floor," said Sgt. Mark Marino of the Gilbert Police Department. "The injuries that the infant sustained were not consistent with a fall from that height and that distance."

Martinez, who reportedly also has a 16-month-old child and his fiancee, is being charged dangerous crimes against children, in addition to child abuse and first-degree murder.