Glendale police recently arrested a man for the death of an 18-month-old girl on September 4, 2016.
Police said Austin Parker, 24, admitted in interviews to squeezing and accidentally elbowing the baby’s abdomen while yelling at her because he was frustrated. He was reportedly the sole caregiver at a home near 61st and Northern avenues.
According to police, officers responded to the residence following a 911 call about an injured child back in 2016. The baby was found unresponsive at the home and pronounced dead at the hospital.
The medical examiner’s officer found the baby to have multiple injuries including trauma that matched up with Parker’s description of the events.
After police received the medical expert’s findings and reviewed the nonaccidental injuries with a pediatric trauma surgeon, investigators from the attorney’s office and Glendale police arrested Parker May 16.
He was charged with homicide, child abuse and sexual misconduct with a minor.