Over the weekend a New Mexico father was arrested and is now being charged with beating his 5-year-old daughter to death only because she refused to do her homework.
Police said that Brandon Reynolds, 36, of Albuquerque, has been charged with child abuse, intentionally caused, resulting in the death of a child under 13.
According to the criminal complaint from KOAT-TV said that the father began hitting the girl when she declined to do her schoolwork a little after 8 p.m. Thursday before he claims he “blacked out.”
Despite the events that just took place, Reynolds waited to call 911 until Friday at 1 a.m. when he said his daughter was suffering from cardiac arrest.
During a press conference which was held Friday, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson announced that “When rescue arrived they realized this was turning into a criminal situation and they called us, and we took over the investigation. ”
“AFR recognized that this wasn’t consistent with what they were being told and it became a criminal investigation.”
When the first responder arrived, they attempted to revive the little girl as she was rush to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead hours later.
“Detectives learned from hospital staff that the girl had suffered serious injuries,” Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier stated. “Detectives from our crimes against children unit were called to the scene to investigate with the assistance of our homicide unit.”
The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) was also called to the scene.
According to the report, officers found blood on the living room walls and the carpet when they entered. It also describes how the little girl was struck repeatedly with a heavy shoe and was covered with bruises when police arrived at the scene.
“This is a heartbreaking tragedy and our officers and detectives are working diligently at this time to get justice for this little girl,” Geier emphasized in his announcement.
The father is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
The authorities had confirmed that there were no other children in the house when Reynolds beat his daughter to death and CYFD did not have a history of violence or criminal activity at home.
The investigation is still on-going.