Miguel Garcia, Once Investigated By CPS, Accused of Killing 1-Year-Old

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The hits keep coming for the folks at Arizona Child Protective Services -- the latest child killed by a person the agency has investigated in the past is 1-year-old Aleigh Torres, who police say was murdered by her mother's boyfriend, 22-year-old Miguel "Angel" Garcia.

According to court records obtained by New Times, Glendale police were called on Sunday about an unresponsive 1-year-old at an apartment in the 6100 block of 60th Avenue.

When police arrived, they found Aleigh not breathing. She was taken to Maryvale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Detectives spoke to Garcia, who initially told them he was watching Aleigh -- and her three siblings, ages 6, 4, and 2 -- while the children's mother, Kerrie Serivano, was at work.

Garcia claims he put the girl down for a nap and then saw the other children fighting, so he left Aleigh's bedroom to tell them to quiet down.

After about five minutes, he initially told police, Garcia didn't hear anything coming from Aleigh's room. When he checked on her, he found her unresponsive and making "gurgling" noises.

As we mentioned, CPS has investigated Garcia -- as well as Serivano -- in the past. When Aleigh died, the three other children were taken into the agency's custody as police investigated the girl's death.

Similar to the Jhessye Shockley disappearance (which you can read about here), once in foster care, the siblings told their foster families what really happened the day Aleigh died.

The kids told their foster families -- and later police -- that Garcia was mad at the 1-year-old because she was crying. So he wrapped her up in a blanket and stuck her in a closet. When she was taken out of the closet, Aleigh's siblings later told police, she was purple.

Garcia was arrested and re-interviewed by police yesterday. After telling detectives the same story he'd initially told them, he changed his tune when told the other siblings said he put the girl in a closet.

Garcia admitted to wrapping the girl in a blanket and leaving her in the closet. He told police he's done it in the past, too.

Garcia was booked into jail on one count each of first-degree murder, manslaughter, and child abuse. He's being held on $450,000 bond. 

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A Proud Parent
A Proud Parent

I want this asshole spends the rest of his LIFE IN prison and the inmates make his life a living hell!!!! He is a looser and has always been a free loader, never wanting to work, and do anything with his life!!! He does not know whats coming to him! Give him life in Prison and never let him see the light of day so he can suffer and be every inmates BITCH! Rest in Peace Baby Girl!!! No child deserves to be abused, or murdered. A childhood should be lived with joy and laugher!!! GOD WILL PUNISH YOU,"MIGUEL DEVIL A DISGRACE TO YOUR FAMILY!!"

Iofgn59
Iofgn59

carma is a bitch. "Angel you had it coming cuz.... 

Moniluv8314
Moniluv8314

I thnk everythnng is fukd up when it comes to any system, when it comes to the law. I come from california n I have a 9 yr. old niece who has been sexually molested by my sisters friend n it was reported she identified him in a picture line up n dis I remind u has been ovr five yrs ago he has been roaming free n been arrested dureing these years bt nt yet has been charged wit mollestation. So as me being the aunt n god-mother I tuk matters into my own hands cuz she asked me to. The law only worries about nw are the drug dealers so they will make a prsn a deal just to gt wat they want and I find dat wrng. There all currupted n crooked.

Loc
Loc

i hope some black dude makes this shit head his bitch and rapes his worthless ass every day! this low life should not even be alow to keep his pants on while his in prison. i hope MCSOs get ahold of his ass with a taser. this piece of crap deserves hell!

Whitelight
Whitelight

Heinous crimes deserve heinous deaths. No protective custody for this POS. Why not give him the death penalty? It will save taxpayers a couple of dollars for his food and housing.

FNG_Atty
FNG_Atty

CPS is the agency that can do no right, in the public's eyes. If they remove children, they're pilloried for breaking up families. If they don't remove children, and a kid is hurt or killed, they're lambasted for "not doing their job." Meanwhile, because of disclosure laws, they aren't permitted to release details of their investigations to the press to defend themselves, so all you ever hear is a one-sided story against them.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

Yes, CPS has problems, but 99% of those problems can be laid at the feet of the conservative Republican controlled Legislature.  Let's not forget who the real culprit is here in the death of Aleigh: Miguel Garcia.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

CPS needs to be fixed now before another innocent child is murdered by a "sick fuck" like this guy. His story sounds fishy.

Rebel Diaz 85207
Rebel Diaz 85207

Well I'll tell you, he's no "Angel". Unless it's the Angel of Death.

Another reason why CPS should be disbanded and an new organization created.

Danielle
Danielle

It may be an improvement when the state finally gets CPS  revamped-again.

But what about the kids that are being abused now ? One report seems insignificant to warrant serious time. It seems that CPS will wait until they receive several complaints. If a person is raped and they report it, do the agencies wait until the have SEVERAL complaints?  Then why in the word is the state of Arizona not stepping up to protect the kids that reports have already been called?

Is the CPS meetings transparent? They can have the meetings and redact names if they are protecting //protecting? the names. This should all be public record.

I think all of the meetings should be on a website so the public can see what took place.Decisions were made but was the public given adequate access and time to give input, via email, in person ?

Any agency that self polices is not allowing the citizens to have a fair and just process.Our children that have had complaints already brought to the attention of individuals should be revisiting what they can do now to protect those children from one more request for help. Not wait until any language comes down in print that it is mandated.CPS in just one part of the responsible entity to protect children. What about law enforcment that fails to report to CPS when a parent or grandparent begs that the agency report to CPS--and they do not. (not their job-I hear). what about the family law lawyers that know abuse or neglect is going on...."not their job they say.. or do not report it as it will look bad.. Look bad for who? What about the children?

What about the higher agencies that one should be able to go to, if no help at the lower level is taking the case serious? Oh yes, they all say "not our agency".

This leaves everyone unaccountable and no repercussions for failure to assist or even help the reporting party to find the right (if any exists) agency to take the reports seriously.

I have grandchildren that I have begged AZ agencies to look into the case. What have I gotten back from high and lower level agencies?..."not our area of authority".No one has transferred my written complaints to the RIGHT authority. I am one grandparent who is begging someone to get off their chair and DO SOMETHING.  The children do not need a stack of complaints to take action. Many qualified people that are out of a job, would be willing to take a job and do it.I volunteer AND work. I do not have the extra time, but I do it anyway.

Arizona should be ashamed for not being pro-active and active. Drafting up new plans for a new way needs to address the existing complaints-now. How much can we throw at a sports stadium? how much money do we pay out for social services dealing with child and elder abuse?

Jason
Jason

Sick fuck.

I hope Monty's watching. It's his ass on the line if the proposed "reforms" for CPS fails.

AfroPhoenician
AfroPhoenician

Why does it always have to be a black dude? Are you implying that it wouldn't be as enjoyable if the rape were accomplished by a black dude? Are you implying it is a fate worse than death to be touched by a black dude? I think that is what you are saying... As if, we couldn't be sensitive rapists? I'll have you know we have bulbous dick sucking lips with which to engulf a penis.

Dubbledub
Dubbledub

Really? You're going to blame the inept, dysfunctional CPS on republicans?? You must relish in being an unrealistic, divisive prick.

Leo Fryer
Leo Fryer

Phoenix Justice is an IDIOT!

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