Coconino County man arrested in death of girlfriend's 2-year-old child

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Jose Zenaido Acevedo By Jennifer Thomas Jose Zenaido Acevedo By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A 25-year-old man from Valle, Ariz., was arrested in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

The victim's mother returned home from work Monday morning and found her daughter unconscious, according to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.

The child was airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center where doctors said her injuries included severe head trauma.

Deputies learned that Jose Zenaido Acevedo was living at the home with the victim and her mother. The mother had left her daughter in Acevedo's care while she was at work.

Detectives said Acevedo gave multiple and varying accidental excuses as to why the child was unconscious, but none were consistent with the victim's injuries.

Acevedo was arrested on child abuse and aggravated assault charges and transported to the Coconino County Detention Facility.

At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, a doctor said the child had no brain activity and later pronounced her dead.

Acevedo was subsequently arrested for homicide.

Sheriff's detectives and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office are continuing the investigation.