Jesus Christ! What the heck was going on in that household? The article above seems to be heavily edited and somewhat incomplete (ie about the child being taken away). Apparently that child was a 2 year old that was severely undeveloped due to neglect, allegedly. *Sigh* Why do people have babies if they dont want them!? Its not that hard to NOT have kids!LAS CRUCES, N.M. -
latest details on an alleged child abuse case involving a Holloman Air
Force Base couple accused of abusing and killing their 2-month-old
daughter revealed the baby died with multiple injuries.
Police arrested Sgt. Peter John Zayas, 27, and Sophia Monique Zayas, 30, at the base last week.
to court documents obtained by ABC-7, the baby died on Oct. 22, 2007.
An autopsy revealed the baby had injuries to her head caused by shaking
or blunt-force trauma, two skull fractures, 10 rib fractures and four
lesions that investigators said were from cigarette burns. Medical
examiners determined the baby died from multiple blunt-force trauma and
ruled her death a homicide.
from the FBI and the Air Force said the Children, Youth, and Families
Department took the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Anaya, away after they
found she was developmentally delayed because of neglect. The court
eventually took away the Zayas' parental rights to Anaya in 2010. Anaya
is now in the custody of her aunt.
Investigators said the couple's stories on how their other daughter died have changed drastically over the years.
to the document, when the baby died, the couple told investigators they
had put her to bed after feeding her. The couple said when
went to check on her about 30 minutes later, the baby's face was blue.
She said she screamed for help and after attempting CPR, they called
Investigators said the couple's reports of who put the baby to bed differed.
after being arrested almost five years later, investigators said Peter
confessed to killing his daughter, but his story did not match up with
the medical evidence. When investigators told Peter that, he tried to
change his story again.
to court documents, investigators think Peter Zayas is trying to
protect his wife who he said had a drinking "illness" and should not be
held accountable for her actions.
said during the investigation, they learned is an
alcoholic who acts out violently when she is drunk. They said Sophia
Zayas lied to them by saying she hadn't had a drink in years and then
later admitting she drank this year.
also said admitted to drinking the week the baby died and
said that's why she didn't remember much of what happened. They said
when they told how the baby died, she said she thought it
was something like that.
seeing each other for the first time since being arrested, court
documents reveal Peter Zayas quietly told , "I did it." She
responded, "That's a lie."
Martinez, the spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, would not
comment on why the investigation took so long to bring forth arrests. A
prosecutor not involved in this case said it doesn't usually take nearly
try and force it and make sure we get all those results and make sure
the scientific evidence comes to us in order to charge it normally
within weeks or a month or two, at the most," District Attorney Amy
Orlando told ABC-7.
couple pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday. They are being
held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center without bond until a
continued detention hearing that will be held next week.
and are both charged with one count of child abuse
resulting in the death of a child and three counts each of child abuse
and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. If convicted of killing
the 2-month-old, the couple could face life in prison.