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Buckeye father indicted on murder charge in baby's death

Posted: 1:27 PM, Dec 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-07 21:13:23Z
Buckeye father indicted in baby's murder
Buckeye father indicted in baby's murder
Buckeye father indicted in baby's murder

A Buckeye man has been indicted and re-arrested for first-degree murder after the death of his infant. 

On Thursday Buckeye police re-arrested 25-year-old John Centano after a warrant for his arrest was issued on Monday.

Centano was an active duty United States Air Force Airman when he was booked into jail in May of this year for the death of his son. 

On June 13, 2017, Phoenix Police responded to a report of a 3-month-old boy who was pronounced dead at Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

According to police paperwork, Centano, the child's father, says he was home alone with the baby for about 20 minutes before he found him unresponsive on the master bed. He says it was nearly a minute or two after he left the child alone, face-down on the bed, to quickly grab shower items from the hallway bathroom. 

According to the staff at the emergency room, Centano reportedly said he took a shower and returned to find the child unresponsive. 

An autopsy was performed on the child, and his death was ruled a homicide due to complications with head trauma and other internal injuries. 

Investigators found evidence at the home suggesting that no shower items were retrieved from the hallway bathroom. 

Police say Centano made several inconsistent statements, including blaming their large dogs for the child's injuries.

The charges against Centano were later dropped, but recently, police say, additional evidence became available, and Centano was indicted by a Maricopa County Grand jury. 

He is scheduled to be arraigned on December 14.