Phoenix Man Accused of Biting, Ripping Out Hair of 1-Year-Old Daughter

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Shane Yellowhorse


The parents of a 1-year-old Phoenix girl have been arrested after police discovered the girl's father allegedly had bitten her and ripped out her hair.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the girl's father, 18-year-old Abiezer Zuniga, "began to laugh" while describing to police how he bit the girl.

The parents of the 18-year-old mother, Sandy Aranda, called police on Saturday after not seeing their granddaughter for a while.

According to court documents, police went to check the child's welfare at the home, near 39th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Police immediately noticed the child's injuries, including the bite marks, and sought medical treatment.

Meanwhile, Aranda told police that on three different occasions, Zuniga had taken their daughter into the bedroom and closed the door and heard the girl screaming. She said she'd noticed the injuries and knew Zuniga had bitten the girl.

Aranda told police that she didn't call anyone for help because she didn't want her daughter "to be without a father," court documents state. She also was scared that she might be jailed over an incident in which she hit Zuniga with a glass bottle, she told police.

Meanwhile, court documents indicate Zuniga admitted to abusing the girl. According to the documents, Zuniga admitted to pulling out her hair, biting her on the face and legs, and slapping her on the mouth because she was crying. He also admitted to hiding the girl from other family members so they didn't see the injuries.

Additionally, the arresting officer wrote the following in a probable-cause statement: "During the interview with [Zuniga], while describing to police when he was biting the victim, [Zuniga] began to laugh."

Both parents, Zuniga and Aranda, were booked into jail on child-abuse charges.

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Abiezer Zuniga and Sandy Aranda.

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zengphoo
zengphoo

I say off with their heads at once! Off with them!


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Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie
Bryan Jorgenson Wallis Hardie

AZ has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the country. The sad truth is these people are probably just continuing the cycle-they had it done to them, now they do it to their kid. Hopefully, somehow the cycle is broken with this kid, although considering our child welfare system (also one of the worst in the country), not hopeful. The goal should be making sure people like this either a.) don't have kids or b.) get help.

James Thompson
James Thompson

He won't be laughing when Bubba gets a hold of his sorry ass!

Sam Pillsbury
Sam Pillsbury

Boy, great comments! Hatred and Violence showered down on the hating and violent. That'll sure fix this kind of problem real fast! Sure worked on Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sure works in the biggest prison system in the Western World.

Cassie Harshman-Palacios
Cassie Harshman-Palacios

The worst part. They will most likely get "another chance" at raising that poor baby. Or the baby will go to the grandparents, and end up back in the "care" of that scum. Our system is so broken.

Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart

Once again the police not doing their job....how did they miss tazing this guy to death?

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

if it was a pit bull that did this it would be set free.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Birth control and family planning not needed in Arizona?  

Step forward, Cathi Herrod, this one's for you. CAP should handle this one. God sent them to "save the children". Trent Franks should also come to the rescue.

Another case for CPS and customers for Arizona's mass industrial prison complex. Next? 

Marina Gonzales
Marina Gonzales

Sickening! They both need the shit kicked out of them! Pieces of shit!

MrDukeInAZ
MrDukeInAZ

I couldn't imagine a better case for forced sterilization! These two soulless fuckers have no business reproducing. 

Christina Williams
Christina Williams

He's going to get what he deserves in maricopa county jail.... The vatos in there don't play that shit!

Erin Goode
Erin Goode

Poor innocent child being harmed by whom should be her protector. It leaves me heart broken and speechless. Let's keep her in our prayers. Such a traumatizing event that will affect her forever.

Cheryl Perez
Cheryl Perez

at least she's safe for now! i hope the patents gets what coming to them!

Marcie Keener
Marcie Keener

Deisy Dukes, the nurses around my son and I said the same thing. Also Thank Yoy Phoenix New Times and all the others for the well wishes, we appreciate all the support we can get during this fight.

Louisa Love
Louisa Love

Sick people. Who could do something like this?

Amanda Sheehan
Amanda Sheehan

Look at their fb! This little girl looks so sad in all pics:(

David Quijano
David Quijano

Hmmm...thinking of having my kids arrested for doing that to me. lol

Amanda Sheehan
Amanda Sheehan

This better not be the end of what these two are getting. They have something coming to them. That poor little baby:( I couldn't even imagine. This is what kind of parents don't deserve to have children! Makes me so sick... So basically the mother just let him hurt her baby girl, because she would much rather have her daughter have a father... So an abusive sick one at that??! Yea that makes so much sense.

Michael Herrera
Michael Herrera

There is a special place for people that abuse children..

Ashley M.F. Greer
Ashley M.F. Greer

He should be tied down and skinned alive. Put a mirror his entire body so he has to watch! And for God's sake take that baby away from that loser mother.

Clara Flores
Clara Flores

Richard Delgado. What an a$$. Should be given death penalty

Deisy Dukes
Deisy Dukes

They should be hurt in the same way they hurt and then some.. that poor little baby...fu****s

Sarah Lee Dyer
Sarah Lee Dyer

All I can say isThank God they got her out of there. These people are truly mentally sick. With scary uncontrollable anger issues no doubt and they should be put away for a while and then kept on mental rehabilitation the rest of their lives. Biting hair pulling out?! I just dont have words...People can be so screwed up its truly frightening.

Leah Greer
Leah Greer

He is disgusting and she is just as bad for not protecting her child and not calling the police on him. She.didn't want to get in trouble, thats pathetic!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

More DREAMers contributing to society.

Andrea Zumsteg
Andrea Zumsteg

The dude looks like a Jersey Shore guy....therefore it makes it ok. NOT!!!!!!

Kristi J. Harmon
Kristi J. Harmon

Errr, the boys in the hoosegow aren't going to take kindly to this prick. The only consolation...

Dahlia Montoya
Dahlia Montoya

Way hav a Baby if u do not no how to take Care of it form a ass ho she And him can rot in jail now it so sad to her this all the time but Baby

Robin Ringele Hegedus
Robin Ringele Hegedus

I hope the other inmates beat the crap out of this couple. Karma is a bitch.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

I like to think there are 10 great parents out there for every sicko we hear about. Stay strong and we're sending good thoughts to your son.

Shannon Mendibles
Shannon Mendibles

WTF is wrong with people these days? How do you, as a mother, sit back and listen to your 1 year old scream behind a closed door and do nothing about it?

Dawn DeMarco
Dawn DeMarco

Lock them both up and throw away the key. Poor baby.

Cassondra Knight
Cassondra Knight

Please put me in a room alone with this POS. I can bite too.

Jukes
Jukes

Or at the very least it would have it's own Facebook page and fan club.

Ponder
Ponder

What are you suggesting? You think an innocent victim should have been aborted? What a sick, twisted mind you have, blaming an innocent child for the crimes being committed against her.

These horrible parents will go to jail, lose custody of the innocent child who will be adopted by a family who want her.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

for those of you who dont understand this post..............its in reply to Marcie Keener's post.

nice reply New Times, nice reply

Ponder
Ponder

@concernedcitizenaz you said, "Birth control for those who do not want children or should not have them."

...and who determines who should not have children AND when should that be determined?

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