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A Phoenix man is facing a child abuse charge after a little girl died in his care and police say the traumatic injuries she suffered from were not accidental.

On April 7 at 8:10 a.m., Phoenix Police officers arrived at the scene of a residence after receiving a call about an unresponsive 1-year-old girl. A short time later, Phoenix Fire Department crews at the scene pronounced the child dead at 8:15 a.m.
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According to the police report, the medical examiner's office found the child had numerous bruises to her lower abdominal area, blood on her diaper and signs of possible trauma.

The suspect, identified as John Michael Aldana, lives in the residence with several other people and he is not the child's biological father.

Detectives say during interviews with the child's mother and the 22-year-old suspect, it was found that she left the apartment at 12:30 a.m. to get medication for the girl. During that time, the suspect, the victim and another child were in a bedroom. When the mother returned home, the children appeared to be sleeping.

Per the court paperwork, the suspect told police he was alone in the bedroom with the children the entire time the mother was gone, claimed he was awake the entire time and would have known if someone had come into the bedroom while he was with the children. He woke up at 8:00 a.m. to find the victim face down and unresponsive. Aldana called 911 and performed CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
During an examination the following day, investigators found the girl had a subdural hematoma on her brain, abdominal trauma and trauma indicative of sexual abuse, which the forensic pathologist stated was non-accidental.

On April 9, police say during an interview, Aldana "was confronted with the results of the postmortem examination and he showed signs of deception."

Aldana denied any sexual contact with the child but admitted to kicking her after she became "fussy when mom was out of the room," according to the report. Due to the kick, the girl's head hit a closet door and he heard a loud "thud" sound.

When Aldana returned to the apartment, he inspected the area where the girl's head hit the door and found it was damaged in the area of impact.

Investigators stated, "Based on the circumstances, it was apparent the suspect's actions caused an injury to the child which resulted in the child's death."
 
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Sugar Cookie

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I took it that she saw the child injured and left to get magically medicine.

She should have called 911 instead of going to get medicine when the child needed medical attention.
 

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Fives My Charm

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I took it that she saw the child injured and left to get magically medicine.

She should have called 911 instead of going to get medicine when the child needed medical attention.
@Sugar Cookie
Is there another article? Sounds like the kid was sick - mom ran to the store - left sick baby at home with trusted adult.. doesn’t sound to me in the article mom knew anything other than maybe a cold or something..

Detectives say during interviews with the child's mother and the 22-year-old suspect, it was found that she left the apartment at 12:30 a.m. to get medication for the girl. During that time, the suspect, the victim and another child were in a bedroom. When the mother returned home, the children appeared to be sleeping.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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I am assuming she came back before 8 am the next morning so she would have seen the condition of the child when she returned with the medicine.

I know the article says the child appeared to be sleeping but if the child was so sick that you had to leave in the middle of the night to get medicine why would you not check on the child.

I would ask for a receipt and the bottle of medicine as proof she is telling the truth.
 

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Fives My Charm

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I am assuming she came back before 8 am the next morning so she would have seen the condition of the child when she returned with the medicine.

I know the article says the child appeared to be sleeping but if the child was so sick that you had to leave in the middle of the night to get medicine why would you not check on the child.

I would ask for a receipt and the bottle of medicine as proof she is telling the truth.
@Sugar Cookie
I get what you’re saying.. I don’t have DOM’s .. so if someone in my household managed to get a sick little down while I ran to get medication in the middle of the night I would peak in and tiptoe off to my room.. we aren’t like the people read about.. most the time I don’t give them the benefit of doubt.. I could just reasonably see this happening.. LOVE your articles btw :smuggrin:
 

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