Robert Anthony Resendiz

Baby ‘bent in half’ for crying has died; murder charges likely for ‘dad’: Police

A man who reportedly admitted to “bending” his infant son who wouldn’t stop crying will likely face murder charges, according to authorities. The baby died at an Arizona hospital on Tuesday.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities responded to a call to a home off of 12th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix on Dec. 19, where they found an unresponsive 6-month-old little boy. According to the arrest report, 30-year-old Robert Anthony Resendiz, the baby’s father, was taking care of the boy at the time.

Paramedics arrived and attempted CPR on the infant. Unable to revive him, they rushed the baby to the hospital, where physicians at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital said the baby had a broken wrist, thigh bruising, and lacerations on both his pancreas and liver. The attending doctor told police the infant would likely not survive the injuries.

“Upon examination, doctors observed the victim had a grade 4 liver laceration, a left lateral wrist fracture, a laceration of the pancreas, and pattern bruising to the right thigh,” the probable cause for arrest read.

Upon questioning, Resendiz allegedly admitted to police that he couldn’t get his son to stop crying, so he grabbed the boy’s legs, pressed them over his head. Resendiz said he kept the baby’s legs bent over his head until the crying stopped and stopped moving. He also reportedly admitted to biting his son twice, out of frustration.

Robert Anthony Resendiz probable cause documents by Leigh Egan on Scribd

Upon questioning, Resendiz allegedly admitted to police that he couldn’t get his son to stop crying, so he grabbed the boy’s legs, pressed them over his head. Resendiz said he kept the baby’s legs bent over his head until the crying stopped and stopped moving. He also reportedly admitted to biting his son twice, out of frustration.

CBS reports that the baby died two days after hospital admittance.

A judge initially set Resendiz’s bail at $250,000, which could also change if charges are upgraded. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

[Feature Photo: Robert Resendiz/Phoenix PD]