Father could face murder charges in death of 3-month old daughter

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's a tragic ending for a 3-month old baby girl.

Adrianna Aaliyah has died.

Phoenix police said the child was badly beaten and thrown against a headboard by her father last week.

"The family is deeply saddened by the tragic events that took my niece, baby Adriana," said the child's uncle, Freddy Jimenez. "We're very thankful for friends and family and community members for the support they've provided."

Now, 27-year old Jose Antonio Orellana Ruiz now facing possible murder charges in the case.

Phoenix police said Ruiz brought his 3-month old daughter over to his place last week to spend the night.

Around 5 a.m., a 911 call came in reporting a child not breathing.

Adrianna was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said Ruiz initially lied about what happened then later admitted that he was upset the baby wouldn't stop crying.

Ruiz allegedly threw a full bottle of formula at the baby's face, shook the baby, then threw the child against a wooden headboard.

"The family is still grieving and we are in the process of sending our little angel to heaven at this time," said Jimenez.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family.

The Go Fund Me page reads, in part:

"On February 27, 2017, our Angel, Baby Adrianna Aaliyah, became the tragic victim of a heinous and horrific crime that required her to be admitted into the Intensive Care Unit at the MIHS hospital. This defenseless soul, at the mere age of almost four months, faced unfathomable actions against her. The tough Angel she was, Baby Adrianna spent three days in the Children’s ICU fighting for her life.

 Baby Adrianna passed peacefully and warmly in the arms of her loving mother surrounded by those who loved her on March 1, 2017.

Baby Adrianna’s love and warmth was the answer to our family’s prayers and will forever live in the hearts and memories of those who had the opportunity to meet this little angel. Baby Adrianna’s time on earth was spent joyfully listening to classical music and lullabies sang by her mother, cuddling with her favorite soft toys and blankies, and being held caringly by her mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and her loving brother.?"

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Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

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