Goodyear man who abused foster daughter get prison time, lifetime probation

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Goodyear man who pleaded guilty to child abuse charges after hurting his foster daughter will spend the next few years in prison and will be on probation for life.

Judge Jeanne Garcia sentenced Pedro Manzo to 3.5 years in prison and lifetime probation Friday morning.

Police arrested Manzo in late October. At first he told police that he had found the 1-year-old slumped over and not breathing. He said he believed the baby girl choked on something she had put in her mouth.

Doctors, however, noticed bruises on her head and shoulder indicative of possible abuse.

Police said Manzo eventually admitted that he was frustrated after his daughter started throwing her sippy cup and spilling its contents.

Manzo allegedly told investigators 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 has two biological children. The little girl was one of two foster children in his care.

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 initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He changed that plea in February.