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Warrant issued in child's death

 

Last updated 8/31/2021 at 3:29pm



TEXICO — Law enforcement has issued an arrest warrant for a Texico man accused of child abuse leading to the death of his daughter.

Christian Alonzo, 20, faces charges of abuse of a child and tampering with evidence stemming from the April 26 death of 5-month-old Pryncess Alonzo. Local authorities said Tuesday they were not sure if Alonzo had been served with the warrant. He was last known to be living in Arkansas, the child’s mother said.

According to the warrant filed in Curry County Magistrate Court:

• A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched at 10:30 p.m. April 26 to an apartment building in Texico, and upon arrival observed a woman attempting CPR on a baby later identified as Pryncess. The baby was transferred to Plains Regional Medical Center, where the time of death was called at 11:02 p.m.

• In an interview with the parents, Christian Alonzo said he discovered Pryncess was blue in the bassinet about 30 minutes after he had fed her and put her to bed. He said he checked on the child frequently and noticed something wrong a few minutes before the 911 call was placed.

• The deputy noted that in a separate interview with Alonzo, his story changed slightly with each question asked and that he appeared emotionless throughout the interview. The warrant said Alonzo was also emotionless during a May 25 interview following funeral services, and that between the incident and the funeral he stayed with relatives out of state.

• An autopsy report arrived July 20, with the cause of death ruled as homicide by manner of blunt force trauma. The findings stated there were numerous fractures consistent with child abuse.

 
 

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