Phoenix 8-Month-Old Dies After Being Burned with Lighter and "Violently" Shaken, Police Say

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An 8-month-old child died Wednesday after being burned with a cigarette lighter and "violently shaken," according to Phoenix police.

Adrian Ponce, the fiancé of the child's mother, has been jailed on nine felony child-abuse charges, as police await the results of an autopsy on the child, Sabrina Santos-Vasquez.

Phoenix police and fire went to the couple's apartment, near 28th Street and Greenway Road, in response to a report of an infant not breathing.

Sabrina was brought to a nearby hospital but could not be revived.

At the hospital, doctors found at least eight separate burn marks on Sabrina's face, body, and hands, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

A scan also revealed head injuries suggesting that Sabrina has been shaken.

According to police, Sabrina had been in Ponce's care when she died. Ponce is not her biological father.

Ponce eventually admitted to police that he had been pushing Sabrina in a stroller through a park near their apartment earlier that day, around 2 p.m.

He admitted to burning her with the open flame of a cigarette lighter, according to court documents.

"Later that night, at the [apartment], the child was crying and unable to sleep presumably from the pain of the inflicted burns," a police probable-cause statement says. "Ponce admitted to violently shaking the baby in an attempt to quiet her.

According to court documents, this occurred around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday -- a little more than 20 minutes before police responded to the call about an infant not breathing.

Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes says an autopsy is scheduled, and the cause of death hasn't been determined at this point.

"This has been, and continues to be, a very in-depth investigation by Phoenix Police Homicide detectives," Holmes says in an e-mail. "There are many more questions to be answered. Further charges may be filed in the near future as a result of the on-going investigation."

Ponce's bond on the current charges has been set at $250,000.

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37 comments
Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

dear blair, you fuckin cunt, you should go back to ireland during the english invasion, you would fit in nicely. bitch.

renriquez61
renriquez61

In 2011, nearly one-half of all victims of child abuse and neglect were White (43.9%), one-fifth (21.5%) were African-American, and one-fifth (22.1%) were Hispanic.

johnjay1999
johnjay1999

Sad that people act out this way.  More sad that many mothers choose a man over their children. Protect and Love your children. God has this child in His loving arms, no doubt

Leah Merly
Leah Merly

This is absolutely devastating...that poor baby....where was her mother to protect her?? How could someone do this to a baby. I hope someone burns him slowly to death.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

culture plain and simple

Tiffany Kay
Tiffany Kay

I hope this piece of shit gets murdered in jail!

Blair Kenney
Blair Kenney

Dear Barbie you f'ing idiot: you should go back to Germany during WW2. You'd fit in nicely. Loser.

Shelly McAlindin
Shelly McAlindin

Let me get my hands on that SOB for 5 minutes! He deserves the death penalty and nothing more.

James K. Young
James K. Young

Yeah. Everyone knows the "white" people has never hurt a living being. (Sarcasm) Hateful people have no soul.

Lawrence Zubia
Lawrence Zubia

To dumb girl who made the RACIST COMMENT: you are really ignorant and a racist. Regardless of whether Mexican is a race or not. Stupid logic on your part. Thank God youre perfect. I apologize for my angry response. I will pray for you and then immediately forget about you.

Barbie MacBride
Barbie MacBride

again, kids : Mexican is NOT a race. And those here are 75% rotten, especially the invaders.

Nick Norris
Nick Norris

wtf? This has absolutely NOTHING to do with race. Barbie, bad people are bad people..

Terri Crumley
Terri Crumley

Not enough tears for this poor child. My heart hurts to think of the last hours of this little ones life. I hope justice is visited on this vile trash, jailhouse style!

Lawrence Zubia
Lawrence Zubia

If only i could be arrested tonight. I could pay a visit to this f'ing a'hole Praying.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Another DREAMer contributes to society.

Laura Linger
Laura Linger

What David James said. Some kids get the shit end of the stick from the moment they are born. I hate this world and about 95% of the "people" in it.

renriquez61
renriquez61

I hope he gets violently raped by the biggest dick in prison. Mom should also be at fault

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

These two are the definition of evil.

johnjay1999
johnjay1999

@Barbie MacBride @Barbie MacBride I understand your frustration, given the situation, but to make a blanketed statement like that is pure ignorance.  I forgive you.  Please, in the future, if you have nothing nice to say... keep it to yourself.  Stereotypes only surface hate.  I believe you spoke volumes of who you are as a person.  Did you know hate is contagious?  I can only wonder what you have taught your children, if you have any.  May God bless you Barbie McBride <3

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@johnjay1999 With that face-lifted, clown makeup mug she has, she can rest assured that any Mexican will think she is a chupacabra and stay far away from her.

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