Father In Custody After Infant 'Bent In Half'

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An Arizona infant is not expected to survive the severe injuries he sustained after his father allegedly stretched his body in half because he would not stop crying.

Police responded to a 911 call at a home in Phoenix on Dec. 19, where they found a 6-month-old child unresponsive and not breathing, according to KNXV. 

The child was in the care of his 30-year-old father Robert Anthony Resendiz at the time of the incident. Resendiz called 911 to report that his son was not breathing, according to investigators. Authorities say the baby has been fighting for his life in a local children's hospital since he was reported to be not breathing.

When officers arrived to the home, the father said he found the child in the unresponsive state when he woke up. However, subsequent conversations between the victim's mother and police officers contradicted the father's version of events, according to KSAZ.

During an interview with police, Resendiz admitted to stretching the infant's legs over his head and bending his body in an attempt to stop the victim's crying.

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According to the police report, Resendiz told investigators he applied "pressure on the victim and did not release pressure until the victim had stopped moving and was limp."

Resendiz also admitted to biting the child twice out of frustration.

While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, responding officers performed CPR on the infant.

The child was taken to a local children's hospital, where doctors found numerous internal injuries. The child suffered from a laceration of the pancreas, a liver laceration, a wrist fracture and pattern bruising on his thighs, according to a police report.

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Doctors do not believe the injuries are survivable.

Authorities charged Resendiz with child abuse and are holding him in jail on a $250,000 bond.

Children in the first year of their life have the highest rate of victimization and maltreatment, with four out of five abusers being a parent, according to the National Children's Alliance.

Emerging studies on parental rage show disrupted sleep schedules, increased financial stress and infant crying can all lead to impulsive actions, according to American Baby Magazine.

While every new parent can feel the elevation in stress that a new baby brings to the household, having the tools and understanding to properly deal with those conditions is essential. This includes consciously acting in a loving and responsible way in the heat of the moment.

Sources: KNXV, KSAZ, National Children's Alliance, American Baby / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded images: Public Domain Pictures, Max Pixel

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