Father accused of shaking newborn baby

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

PHOENIX -- A father is accused of critically injuring his 6-week-old baby son by shaking the child 15 times, according to Lt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Dept.

Guadalupe Gonzales, 28, was booked into jail on Monday. He's facing child abuse charges.

Police were called to a hospital on Sunday when medical personnel reported an injured child. They told police the child's injuries were not consistent with what the victim's father told them.

Gonzales told detectives that he rolled off a couch while he was sleeping and fell on the baby.

He also told police the baby fell approximately eight inches while he was giving the baby a shower to help sooth him.

According to court documents, Gonzales told investigators that he took a Percocet at 9 a.m. before he fell asleep on the couch.

The baby's mother told police she went to a charity walk at the Phoenix Zoo and left the baby in Gonzales' care at 6:30 a.m.

She found Gonzales holding the baby in his arms and crying when she got home at 9:30 a.m. Gonzales told the baby's mother that the baby was not breathing. She called 911 at 10 a.m. from the couple's home near 3rd and Durango streets.

Later, Gonzales admitted to shaking the baby out of frustration because the baby would not stop crying. He told police he did not fall on the baby and the baby did not fall in the shower.

Court documents state that the baby was limp from the shaking and he attempted to wake the baby up by rolling him over on the bed and pinching him. The baby did not respond and blood was coming from his nose.

Gonzales' 4-year-old daughter was home at the time of the incident. She told investigators that Gonzales was spinning the baby around and hit the baby's head against a bed. She also told police that her father tried to burn the baby with a cigarette and lighter because he wouldn't wake up. Gonzales denied trying to wake the baby up with a cigarette and lighter.

He told police he is under financial stress and recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The baby remains hospitalized in extremely critical condition.

Bond was set at $35,000 for Gonzales.