Police: Baby dies after father bends him in two to stop crying

Robert Anthony Resendiz (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX, (3TV) Police say the baby boy whose father is accused of bending him in half to silence his crying has died, 3TV reports

Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 19 after his 6-month-old son was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with injuries doctors deemed “not survivable.”

According to his court documents, Resendiz called 911 at 12:45 p.m. and told the dispatcher he had just woken up to find his baby son “unresponsive and not breathing.”

“Upon examination, doctors observed the victim had a grade 4 liver laceration, a left lateral wrist fracture, a laceration of the pancreas, and pattern bruising to the right thigh,” the probable cause probable cause for arrest statement reads.

Police say Resendiz said he had put the child to bed on the sofa between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday and then claimed he did not wake up until just before calling 911 more than 12 hours later.

After interviewing him again, authorities learned he had pressed the infant’s legs over his head, bending his body in order to stop the victim from crying. He used approximately 65 [percent] of his strength to place pressure on the child and did not release pressure until the child stopped moving.

Police said Tuesday that the baby died Thursday, Dec. 21.

Resendiz was initially booked on suspicion of felony child abuse, but the charges will likely change now that the baby has died.

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