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Phoenix baby "bent in half" by father has died, police say

A man being held on $250,000 bond could face upgraded charges after his infant son he was accused of abusing died (KNXV/CNN Newsource)

PHOENIX (WKRC) - A man being held on $250,000 bond could face upgraded charges after his infant son he was accused of abusing died, according to a report by KPHO.

Robert Anthony Resendiz, 30, was arrested on Dec. 19 after his 6-month-old son was taken to the hospital with injuries doctors termed "not survivable."

The baby died two days after he was brought to the hospital.

Resendiz originally told dispatchers that he had woken up to find his son "unresponsive and not breathing," according to an arrest report.

The baby was found to have suffered lacerations to the liver and pancreas, a wrist fracture and bruising on his right thigh.

At that point, Resendiz allegedly "admitted to pressing the infant's legs over his head and bending his body in order to stop the victim from crying," when he was interviewed by police.

He allegedly went on to tell police that he used "about 65 percent" of his strength while bending the baby in half and bit him twice out of frustration.

Resendiz was initially booked on suspicion of felony child abuse, but the charges will likely change as a result of the baby's death.

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