Adrian Ponce was booked into jail on eight counts of child abuse in connection with the death of 8-month-old Sabrina Santos-Vasquez. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
(Source: Serjio Hernandez, CBS 5 News)
(Source: Serjio Hernandez, CBS 5 News)
Phoenix police were investigating the death of the 8-month-old girl at this apartment complex Wednesday. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Phoenix police arrested a 21-year-old man Wednesday after the death of an 8-month-old girl who suffered significant trauma, including burns to her body.
Adrian Ponce, the boyfriend of the child's mother, was arrested after police officers and emergency personnel found the girl not breathing in the family's apartment near 29th Avenue and Greenway Road about 3:30 a.m., said Officer James Holmes.
Sabrina Santos-Vasquez died at the hospital a short time later, Holmes said.
Medical personnel at the hospital told police about the injuries, though no official cause of death had been determined.
Holmes said Ponce is not the natural father of the infant.
Holmes said Ponce told police he had shaken and caused the burns to the baby, and was later booked into the Maricopa County Jail on eight counts of child abuse and related charges.
An autopsy is scheduled to determine the official cause of death.
Holmes said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed as a result.
Neighbors of the baby's home near 29th Street and Greenway Road told CBS 5 News that they are shocked.
Neighbors also said they saw CPS take away another child from the same home Wednesday morning.
Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.
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