Pedro Manzo of Goodyear Chokes Foster Child Nearly to Death

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Pedro Manzo told his wife a few days ago that he wasn't sure whether he could handle both their own small kids and the two toddlers they were fostering for the state.

He knew himself too well.

On Monday, Manzo apparently lost control when the 1 1/2-year-old girl they were fostering kept throwing her sippy cup and spilling it. By his own telling, court records state, he choked the toddler to within an inch of her life.

Manzo had been having money problems in the past few years, resulting in a bankruptcy in early 2011. The year before, Manzo had lost a default judgment of $2,200 to a debt collector, and his wages were garnished. He is, or was, a sales associate at Dunn Edwards.

We can't help wondering whether that was the reason they took on two foster kids, which gets them state money, when they were overloaded financially with the two they already had.

On Monday evening, Manzo arrived home with his two biological children and the two foster kids, all under age 4. The booking sheet doesn't say where he was returning from. But a short while later, his wife came home from work to find Manzo bending over the unconscious toddler, attempting to perform CPR by breathing into her mouth.

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Pedro Manzo
The wife called 911 and paramedics took the kid to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Manzo reportedly told everyone at the time that he'd come out of the bathroom and seen the girl in distress, possibly because she'd swallowed a foreign object.

Doctors saw a different problem. She had bruises on her shoulders and ears. A bruise around her jaw was "consistent with finger impressions." The child, fortunately, had a few instances of vomiting at the hospital but otherwise was "alert and breathing on her own," records state. She was in stable condition as of early Tuesday.

Confronted with the evidence, Manzo met with a Child Protective Services investigator and a Goodyear police officer. At first, Manzo stuck with his story. Then he confessed how frustrated he'd been with the toddler when she threw her sippy cup. The girl was sitting by the couch on the floor, not listening to him.

"He said he used his hand to grab her under her jaw and demonstrated that he shook her in a side-to-side motion," records state. ""Pedro said he then laid her on his lap, face up, and believed he applied enough pressure at her jaw/throat that it caused her to pass out. Pedro said he then panicked and began doing CPR and rescue breathing . . . Pedro described that the child looked at him, as if she couldn't breath."

The child vomited and began to breathe, but haltingly. That's when his wife came home and called 911.

"Pedro said that several days ago, he told his wife that he felt it was too much for him to have four kids under the age of 4 and wanted CPS to find other placement for the two children they were fostering," records state. "He said his wife wanted to keep trying, and he blamed himself for not 'speaking up.'"

Manzo asked to tell his wife himself, and the officer led her into the conference room. When she came out, "she was crying and told me that she would have never believed her husband was capable of hurting a child if she hadn't heard it from him."

Heartbreaking.

Manzo was booked into jail on suspicion of one count of intentional child abuse.

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miiatoniorobert.12
miiatoniorobert.12

Its not bullshit lies @a.dubb88 I'm also some one close to this case I am the lil girl mother and he did harm my daughter intentionally and he addmittrd to doing it I will be going to his court an you see he gets what he deserves my daughter is still suffering. Damn piece of shit basterd

a.dub88
a.dub88

Actually, there is a lot wrong with it.  Coming from someone who is very close to the people involved in this situation, I know exactly what happened.  And what was reported by this article is not true.  They can say that this is what the court documents said, but it definitely is not.  But, it does prove my point that people will believe whatever they are told because we trust the people who report the news to bring us the facts.  When in all reality, you have no idea if this is true or not do you?  You read it, and they said this is what came from court documents so it must be true right? Because they can't fabricate things and tell lies right? I do get what this article is trying to say and trying to portray but I am just stating that I know for a fact that it isnt true.  And its really crappy that they print false information because it makes people like you believe it.  

hepcat11
hepcat11

I do not think there is anything wrong with the "storytelling," just the person who got arrested. 

"By his own telling, court records state, he choked the toddler to within an inch of her life....his wife came home from work to find Manzo bending over the unconscious toddler... Manzo reportedly told everyone at the time that he'd come out of the bathroom and seen the girl in distress, possibly because she'd swallowed a foreign object... Doctors saw a different problem. She had bruises on her shoulders and ears. A bruise around her jaw was 'consistent with finger impressions." 

Get it? Manzo tried to lie to protect himself, there was no foreign object, he choked a baby because she threw her sippy-cup on the floor. He was lucky all he was charged with was "one count of intentional child abuse," because he tried to kill her.

hepcat11
hepcat11

Maybe the little girl would have been better off in an orphanage run by nuns.

a.dub88
a.dub88

Within an inch of her life? Really? What in the hell is wrong with the news these days? We are fed this bullshit that they call reality.  I just cannot understand why the media likes to twist the facts of a situation and create a "story" out of it to grab attention.  It just creates hatred. I have lost ALL respect for this shitty storytelling. 

TRUTH
TRUTH

Mexican + Fuck Up = Arizona

miiatoniorobert.12
miiatoniorobert.12

His a piece of shit basters he deserves to die for what he did to my daughter

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@truthseekeraz 

Yup.. unfortunately the foster care system is just like the prison system.. just without the bars... well, in most cases without the bars.

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

@ TRUTH.....Interesting!  Being a us citizen and having grown up right next to the Sonoran border, I would bet my next paycheck you won't take your a$$ to my old stomping grounds next to Agua Prieta Sonora and say that. Seeing what I have seen and sure it still goes on, but  the legal Mexicans I know would f you up then take you to their family and friends just across the street and would be the last of you..... your family would begin to get packages in the mail containing your body parts one finger at a time for typing some shit like that. Sometimes makes me wish I didn't have kids and didn't care because you would be a prime candidate to take on a ride and see just how much shit you would talk to their face :)

TRUTH
TRUTH

@truthseekeraz Ok, thats what caused this Mexican dirtbag to choke an innocent child! /sarcasm    Nice try!

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

@ Truth ...not saying i'm hard if you could read, dumb ass. i can see why

 your mother + her brothers = YOU. don't know which  of the 3 brothers it was and got a fucked up product calling himself TRUTH

TRUTH
TRUTH

@jeanjb The KKK was not started because of the Irish shut your drunk ass up!  Fuq you and anyone else in Douglas nobody gives a fuq about any of you, rest in piss!

TRUTH
TRUTH

@pearlsvaluables  You are not hard, so you can stop all your woofin.  You wouldn't last a day in any of the hoods round here. Fake fuq.

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

@ TRUTH wish you would volunteer to take a ride tough guy.  maybe AZ isn't for your redneck ass, prick

jeanjb
jeanjb

@TRUTH @pearlsvaluables I happen to be irish....you gotta problem wit dat?

you should,because its because of us irish,the Ku Klux Klan was started!

I used to manage the pizza hut in douglas in the late 70's and I agree with pearlsvaluables,you are a douche that hides behind a keyboard stroking yourself to jo arpios picture.

the thing I learned about douglas is people have to live together and they manage pretty well,except maybe the racist country club.

TRUTH
TRUTH

@Flyer9753 Ok "Flyer."  Your mother must be a real idiot to name her son flyer, what a fag.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@TRUTH, FUCK U, puto, & u were trying 2 choke d OLD FART'S limp noodle, trying to make it spit ur fav drink, bwah ha ha ha ha. and it might b d TRUTH. (3:DK. BWAH HA HA HA...

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