Disturbing details emerge in deadly child abuse case

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A growing memorial for 14-month-old Juanito Valenzuela remains outside the motel room where police say he suffered the unthinkable.

According to court documents, the little boy was bruised and bitten all over his tiny body.

As questions remain about how he died, details emerge about his final hours inside room 106 at Baker's Acre Motel.

3TV obtained the complaint, which reveals disturbing details about how the child may have been treated last Sunday.

His mother asked her boyfriend, Robert Reynolds, 29, to watch him while she went to work.

A couple of hours later, Reynolds texted her and said Juanito fell and hit his face, "boom" he's a "lil puffy," he said.

But all appeared well a couple of hours later as Reynolds assured the child's mother that he was playing and "seems fine."

Three hours later, Juanito wasn't breathing and Reynolds never called 911.

His mother called police when she came to pick him up and saw that he wasn't breathing, according to the documents.

It was too late. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators said Reynolds' story was inconsistent with a simple fall and that Juanito had obvious trauma to his face and head.

He also had a double fracture to his right arm and bite marks on both hands, right ear and abdomen.

Detectives removed a bloody toolbox, marijuana and methamphetamines from the motel room.

Reynolds was charged with three counts of child abuse and hasn't offered any explanation about what happened.

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