CHANDLER, AZ - Police arrested a man in Chandler Monday on charges of first degree murder and child abuse in the death of his 7-month-old daughter.
Officers and firefighters responded to a call of an unresponsive girl around 8 a.m. near Alma School and Frye roads, said Detective Frank Mendoza with the Chandler Police Department.
The girl died around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Mendoza said.
He said the girl was transported to a local hospital Monday where medical staff determined she had a skull fracture and bleeding from her brain.
She was then airlifted in critical condition to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where she later died, Mendoza said.
According to police paperwork, Thomas admitted to beating his daughter because she kept crying and woke him up throughout the night.
While being questioned, police said Thomas detailed the abuse his daughter went through saying at one point he violently shook her, threw her down into her crib causing her to cry out in pain, and hit her on the back of her head using about 80 percent of his strength. Police said Thomas also told investigators he slapped her several times in the face.
The paperwork also revealed Thomas was out on release from a domestic violence incident in August that injured his wife and the same daughter he is now accused of killing.
Thomas has been charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of first degree murder.
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