Gilbert man charged with murder in death of 2-month-old daughter

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GILBERT -- A Gilbert man has been indicted in connection with the death of his 2-month-old daughter.

Ricky Martinez, 20, was indicted Thursday on the following charges:

  • First degree murder, a class 1 felony and dangerous crime against children and a domestic violence offense
  • Child abuse, a class 2 felony and dangerous crime against children and a domestic violence offense

On November 8, Martinez called 911 and said his daughter Lilliana injured her head when she fell off the bed while he was changing her diaper.

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

Lilliana died in the hospital four days later. Police arrested Martinez the next day.

"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 reportedly also has a 16-month-old child with his fiancee.