Friday, 19 October 2012

SBS: Bill Anthony Martinez arrested in infant's death: Injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome

Charlene Graham

Bill Anthony Martinez

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:01 am | Updated: 4:33 pm, Tue Oct 16, 2012.
A 23-year-old Pueblo man was arrested Monday night on a warrant for first-degree murder for the death of a 2-month-old girl.
Bill Anthony Martinez was arrested in Colorado Springs, according to Charlene Graham, chief of law enforcement for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.
The baby has been hospitalized at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs since Saturday when she was found not breathing in Pueblo West.
The child was taken off life support Monday and an autopsy is scheduled for today, according to Pueblo County Coroner James Kramer.
Graham said the baby had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, including bruising and a head injury.
“We were able to determine through the investigation that he was the one taking care of the child at the time this occurred,” Graham said, adding the investigation is ongoing.
Martinez is not the baby’s father and had only been dating the victim’s 33-year-old mother for a short time.
“From what I understand, they’ve only been boyfriend-girlfriend for about 2 1⁄2 weeks,” Graham said.
Deputies were sent to the family home, located in the 700 block of South Joe Martinez Court, on a report of a child not breathing.
“A neighbor was performing CPR on the baby when we arrived,” Graham said, adding that a family member called deputies.
Martinez was at the home with his girlfriend, the baby and two older siblings, who Graham said have been placed in custody of the Department of Social Services.
Martinez will be transported to Pueblo County jail tonight, where he’ll be held without bond. Martinez has a lengthy criminal history but nothing of a violent nature.
He’s been arrested before on property crimes and for fraud, the sheriff’s office said.

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