Emmaline Amelia Ramírez, 29, and Donald Ferguson, 38, have been arrested for child abuse. (Photo: Getty Images)
A 1-month-old boy died and the child’s parents face serious charges of child abuse after police were recently called to a Phoenix motel.
Four other children showed signs of abandonment and were taken for treatment and evaluation, police said.
Arrested in the case were Emmaline Amelia Ramírez, 29, and Donald Ferguson, 38.
Around 8:30 p.m. On January 5, officers were called to the Phoenix Inn, on Black Canyon Highway and Griswold Avenue, in response to a report by a 1-month-old boy who did not respond.
The baby was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
A second 1-month-old boy was taken to the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, where staff discovered that the baby suffered traumatic head injuries and brain hemorrhage, according to court documents. The baby was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment.
According to the researchers, the other three children, aged 1, 4 and 6, were covered in dirt with “extremely dirty diapers and insects.” The state Department of Child Safety took the three oldest children, according to court records.
After the evaluation, officials discovered that the 15-month-old also had multiple skull fractures and was taken to the hospital.
The next day, the researchers interviewed Ferguson, who denied hitting his children but acknowledged hitting Ramirez.
Court records show that both parents said the baby who died was drowning or not breathing several times, but did not seek medical help. An autopsy of the baby who was found dead showed no signs of traumatic injuries, but medical tests were ongoing, according to court records.
The 4-year-old told investigators that Ferguson “threw” the baby to the ground, police said.
Later, both parents recognized investigators who did not seek immediate medical attention for any of the children at the right time.
Ramírez was charged with two counts of child abuse with intent, and Ferguson was charged with two counts of child abuse with intent, as well as resisting arrest.
Ramírez had previous reports of child abuse against him, according to court records.
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