A man from Surprise, Arizona, has been arrested for the sexual abuse and death of an 18-month-old girl.
Austin Michael Eric Parker, 24, was arrested after paramedics found the 18-month-old child unresponsive. He had called 911 after discovering that she was not breathing. She later died at a nearby hospital.
Parker told police the bruising to the girl’s head and abdomen were from accidental falls and denied causing the sexual abuse and trauma, records show. While he denied the claims of abuse, he told investigators he was alone with the victim for more than 11 hours and he admitting to holding the girl by the waist with both hands and squeezing in anger.
Parker has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of intentional child abuse, one count of child abuse due to negligence and one count of sexual conduct with a minor.