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GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Glendale Police Department has arrested a man in connection with the 2016 death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter. The investigation also found evidence of possible sexual abuse.

Police say 24-year-old Austin Parker was arrested Wednesday after he admitted to "squeezing and elbowing" the toddler.

[WATCH: Man murdered girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter in 2016, Glendale police say]

In September 2016, police say a little girl was found unresponsive at a home near 61st and Northern avenues. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to court documents, hospital staff found signs of "blunt force trauma."

Once Glendale police took over the investigation, they found bruising along the victim's hair line, left temple, left ear, left cheek, right jaw line and lower right abdomen. 

Glendale police's investigation revealed that Parker was the sole caregiver of the child at the time of the incident. Parker told officers that he was home alone with his girlfriend's daughter for over 11 hours. 

In addition to the head and abdominal injuries, the child's autopsy report mentioned rectal trauma that was "not consistent with any medical condition nor of accidental injury."

When asked about the victim's injuries, Parker said the bruising to the toddler's head and abdomen were both from accidental falls.

Parker also denied causing the rectal trauma and told investigators that he held the victim "by the waist with both hands and squeezed in anger."

Parker added that he may have "accidentally leaned on the child's abdomen with his right elbow causing trauma to her abdomen," court documents revealed.

According to the probable cause for arrest statement, doctors said such injuries would have resulted in shock.

"It is most likely that the child was in shock for a reasonable period of time during which time medical attention could have saved her life," the statement reads.

According to Glendale police, the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office conducted its investigation and was able to "identify multiple injuries sustained by the child to include trauma that matched events that Parker provided during his questioning." 

Following the investigation, Parker was arrested and was booked for several charges including homicide, child abuse and sexual misconduct with a minor.

 


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trsalemme

Does no one else think we should institute instant execution?

Momof3

And to get your facts straight not all Mexicans are bad!!! Some come here and become citizens, go to college and work in a good paying job! So stop the racial comments already!

Annoyed

I agree. This guy isn't even Mexican, latino, or Hispanic to begin with. People are just trying to stir things up.

Momof3

Robs you got that wrong! His not a Mexican. Just cuz his light skinned with dark hair. He looks more like Puerto Rican. Some of them have wide nostrils and most of them are mixed with black!

NavyJR

The excuses don't fit the injuries, and the eyes are "dead". My question is where were the parents and why were they leaving a tot with this guy to start???

Annoyed

He was dating the baby's mom and they were all living together. The mother was at work, and he was the one looking after the child.

Robs

Notice the classic mexican race skin tone with tad of negro nostrils so professional street smarts tell me he is drug an alcohol , crime supportive user [ban][ban]

nuusmaan

Yes, you should be banned, Rob. (Igor)

Annoyed

I agree.

Djamz

Robs He’s one of Thomas Jefferson’s descendants

Annoyed

He's not Mexican. He's half white/ half black. I grew up with this guy. It's crazy to see this in the news.

JustSaying

what is wrong with people...i just don't get it

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