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CrimeAustin Michael Eric Parker held in sex abuse, death of 18-month-old girl

21:20  17 may  2019
21:20  17 may  2019 Source:   azcentral.com

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A Surprise man was arrested in Phoenix on Thursday in connection with the sexual abuse and death of an 18-month-old girl, court records show.

Austin Michael Eric Parker, 24, was arrested after paramedics found an 18-month-old child unresponsive, records detail.

Parker called 911 when he found the child was not breathing and the child was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, records show.

Investigators observed bruising that was in various stages of healing, marks consistent with fresh blunt force trauma and signs of past sexual abuse, records show.

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According to court records, a pediatric trauma surgeon reviewed the medical records and autopsy report from the Maricopa County medical examiner, giving an opinion that the quantity and pattern of bruising was in excess of accidental trauma.

The autopsy photos and a microscopic report confirmed the injuries occurred near the time of death, records detail.

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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 Parker denied abuse, he told investigators he was alone with the victim for over 11 hours and he admitting to holding the girl by the waist with both hands and squeezing in anger.

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Parker also admitted he may have accidentally leaned on the girl's abdomen with his right elbow, causing trauma to the child's abdomen, records show.

Officials believe this degree of trauma indicates a pattern of "inflicted, nonaccidental injury," records detail.

Parker was arrested on one count 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.

He is being held on a $1 million bond and is due in court on May 22.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Austin Michael Eric Parker held in sex abuse, death of 18-month-old girl

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