CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of an eight-month-old baby, according to the Cedar Park Police Department.
Miguel Angel Gonzalez, 25, was arrested on Wednesday morning and taken to the Travis County Jail. Police said the baby was found dead July 19 at an apartment on Anderson Mill Road.
An autopsy conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the child suffered extensive physical trauma both externally and internally. An arrest affidavit said medics viewed “multiple bruises on the baby in what appeared to be various stages of healing.” It did not specify how the baby died.
According to police, Gonzalez lived with the baby’s mother, the baby and a 4-year-old child and considered himself stepfather to both kids. Gonzalez is neither child’s biological father.
The affidavit says the night before the baby was pronounced dead by first responders, Gonzalez fed the child between 9:30 and 10 p.m., before placing her in a “pack-n-play.” The baby was awake and responsive at this time, and Gonzalez told police he then went to bed.
According to the affidavit, the baby reportedly wasn’t checked on during the night. The baby’s mom reported she worked nights, so when she came home early that morning, she took a shower and went to bed. It wasn’t until 9:30 a.m. the next morning that Gonzalez said he found the baby face down with her lips purple in color, the affidavit reported.
An officer saw “several old bottles, small toy pieces, pillows and blankets” inside the pack-n-play, the affidavit said. He also observed drug paraphernalia with marijuana residue and smelled a strong odor of marijuana inside the apartment. The residence was in “complete disarray” with apparent trash and dirty dishes, the affidavit said.
The affidavit said Ring doorbell video from a nearby unit revealed Gonzalez had also allegedly met up with a woman from an escort service during the night at the apartment.
Later in the month, police interviewed the 4-year-old, according to the affidavit. “During the forensic interview [the 4-year-old] disclosed that Gonzalez threw the baby against the wall,” the affidavit said.
Gonzalez also reportedly said later that he blacked out during the night and doesn’t remember much, according to the affidavit.
He is charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
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