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Village of Oak Creek father charged in death of infant

The baby’s father, Cesar Soto Garcia, 26, was the only adult who was with the baby when it stopped breathing.

The baby’s father, Cesar Soto Garcia, 26, was the only adult who was with the baby when it stopped breathing.

A Village of Oak Creek man was arrested Feb. 5 and was charged with first- and second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse in the death of his 3-month-old son.

Three weeks earlier, on Jan. 23, Yavapai sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an apartment on Sugarloaf in the Village of Oak Creek at 8:38 p.m. at the request of Sedona Fire District. Emergency crews had found 3-month-old Edwin Alejandro Garcia unconscious and not breathing.

The child was flown to St Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix where he later died. The baby's father, Cesar Soto Garcia, 26, was the only adult who was with the baby when it stopped breathing.

The baby's mother, Gladis Yamileth Rodriguez Paz, 21, was at work when the 911 call was made.

Yavapai Sheriff's Criminal Investigations detectives were called to the residence for further investigation.

The hospital reported that the baby had a broken arm and several broken ribs that appeared to be from earlier injuries and were described by the hospital as "highly suspicious."

Cesar Soto Garcia was placed under arrest for providing false information and for having two felony warrants issued by Maricopa County for assault and kidnapping.

Child Protective Services was called and the couple's two other children, 1-year-old Jennifer Garcia and Ivan Garcia, 3-years-old, were taken by CPS that night.

An extensive investigation was conducted, which included information gathered from medical reports, CPS, Child Help, interviews with neighbors, associates, and family members.

Along with the earlier injuries, it was found the baby also had a fractured skull and associated brain trauma and a fractured pelvis. The final results of the autopsy are still pending.

According to CPS, the other two children also show signs of "chronic neglect." The children are still in the custody of CPS.

Other aspects of the case remain under investigation.

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