Man arrested after allegedly abusing foster child

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Pedro Manzo By Andrew Michalscheck Pedro Manzo By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Goodyear man is facing child abuse charges after police say he physically harmed one of his foster children.

According to police, 36-year-old Pedro Manzo returned home on Monday evening with his two biological children and his two foster children.

Police said Manzo originally told them that he walked out of the bathroom to find his 1-year-old foster child sitting on the floor slumped forward.

Manzo said his daughter was not breathing so he began to perform CPR. While Manzo was performing CPR, his wife came home and immediately called 911.

Manzo would later tell police that he believed his daughter had put something in her mouth and was choking.

While at the hospital, doctors noticed that the child had bruises under her jaw, on her shoulder, and inside both ears, and also had a frontal, bilateral subdural hematoma.

According to hospital staff, the child is in stable condition.

Police conducted an interview with Manzo, and at first he stuck with his original story that he found his daughter slumped over after walking out of the bathroom.

Police said Manzo eventually changed his story, admitting that he became frustrated after his daughter started throwing her sippy cup and spilling its contents.

Manzo allegedly admitted that he grabbed his daughter under her jaw and shook her in a side to side motion. He then laid his daughter face up on his lap and applied enough pressure to her jaw and throat area that it caused her to pass out.

Manzo said that’s when he began performing CPR.

According to police, Manzo revealed that he had told his wife that he felt it was too much for them to have four children under the age of 4, and wanted CPS to find another home for the two children they were fostering.

Manzo has been booked into jail on one count of child abuse.