Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Mesa girl's murderPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the murder of a 4-year-old Mesa girl.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office will seek the death penalty against Jose Luis Gonzalez-Dominguez, 21, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges for the death of Anays "Annie" Carimbocas on May 14.
According to police reports, Annie's mother, Crystal Shantell Carimbocas, called 911 to report that her daughter was having difficulty breathing. Fire and police units responded to the Mesa apartment shared by Carimbocas, Gonzalez-Dominguez and four children under 11 years of age.
Annie was found lifeless lying on the bathroom sink. She was transported to Cardon Children's Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
The child's death was caused by blunt force trauma, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office.
On June 10, Gonzalez-Dominguez was charged with one felony count of first-degree murder, three Class 2 counts of felony child abuse, and two Class 4 felony counts of child abuse
Gonzalez-Dominguez is currently being held without bond. A trial date has not yet been set.
"The decision to seek the death penalty is the most serious decision any County Attorney can make," Montgomery said in a news release. "In any given case, I weigh the appropriateness of the death penalty and then determine whether the death penalty is a just punishment for the crime committed.
"In this case, if the State successfully proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty as charged, the jury will then have the duty to consider imposition of the death penalty."
Carimbocas was charged with one felony count of first-degree murder and two Class 2 felony counts of child abuse. She is in custody on a $500,000 bond.