PHOENIX - The mother of a 5-month-old who drowned Tuesday in a bathtub after family fell asleep said she is devastated, but insists her boyfriend didn't intentionally try to hurt their children.
Monique Castillo, 19, said she and boyfriend, Carlos Humberto Castillo , 19, were high school sweethearts.
"He's given up the world. He'd give up his own life for his kids," she said.
"He was an angel, he's my angel, and he's always going to be in our hearts, and I just can't believe he's gone. I wish this never would have happened, but I can't go back," she said.
Authorities were called to the couple's home near 27th Avenue and Van Buren Tuesday after the couple's 5-month-old child was found under the water in the bathtub, while the water was still running.
Police said Carlos placed the 5-month-old in the bathtub along with his two brothers, ages 1 and 3-years-old, left the water running and then fell asleep.
Family said Monique works the overnight shift at Circle K and came home, checked on the kids and went to sleep. When she woke up, her husband said the baby wasn't breathing.
"We didn't even have a chance to talk. When it happened he told me the baby wasn't breathing. I started doing CPR. He was on the phone with police. I started to freak out so my grandma took over, and that's when cops arrived." she said.
Humberto made is initial appearance in court Wednesday and was given a $180,000 bond. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and three felony counts of child abuse.
Police said it does not believe Carlos was under the influence of any drugs or that the act was intentional.