ALBUQUERQUE — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 2-year-old daughter, according to Albuquerque police.
Officials said 32-year-old Michael David Garcia was booked into jail early Saturday on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.
It was unclear Sunday if Garcia has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf.
Police said officers responded around 3 p.m. Friday to a mobile home park in northeast Albuquerque where the young girl was found dead.
Authorities say the child appeared emaciated and had visible bruising to the majority of her body, as well as burns to her back thigh and hands.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, court records show Garcia petitioned for custody of his daughter and his three other children within a month of being indicted in 2017 for allegedly physically abusing the mother of the kids.
That case was eventually dismissed.
Before Garcia’s arrest, police said he told officers he had just won custody of the children.
Police said the other children now are in the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.