Glendale father arrested in death of 2-year-old son

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

PHOENIX -- A Glendale father was arrested on Tuesday in the death of his son, which occurred earlier this year.

According to court documents, Raymond Orlando Martinez, 29, called 911 on Jan. 16 when he found his two-year-old son unresponsive at their apartment near 51st and Northern avenues.

Martinez told police that he caught the child urinating on the floor, grabbed him and carried him to the bathroom.

When they got to the bathroom, Martinez said his son slipped from his grasp and fell on top of the bathtub, striking his stomach area.

Martinez said he kept checking on the child and said he was eating and drinking. The child did say his stomach hurt.

When the child's mother came home, Martinez did not tell her about the fall.

They fed the child applesauce and raspberries and he vomited. They put him to bed and he was later found unresponsive when Martinez checked on him.

An autopsy found the child had a perforated intestine, rib fractures and bruises and abrasions on various parts of his body, from his head to his feet.

The doctor who performed the autopsy stated that the injuries appeared to be from a punch or kick, not from falling on a bathtub. The doctor also said that the child could have survived if he received immediate medical attention.

Martinez said he did not cause the injuries to his son.