Father accused in 1-year-old daughter’s death released, awaiting trial

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The father of a drowned one-year-old whose body was found buried in a yard last week, went in front of a judge Friday. Police testified why they think he should stay behind bars until trial.

Detectives finally revealed what they saw at the house when they found the body.

“Is Mr. Zuber the one who told you where the body was?”

“Yes,” answered Detective Gabriel Candelaria.

Last week, detectives found the body of one-year-old Anastazia Zuber buried in the yard at a home near Eubank and Menaul.

The child had been missing for a few weeks. Police said Zuber told his mom Anastazia had drowned in the bathtub.

During Zuber’s detention hearing with Judge Charles Brown, APD Detective Candelaria told the court what he saw at the house.

“It was buried in the backyard underneath the remains of a dead dog,” he said. “The body was inside two layers of white plastic trash bags, inside of a black duffel bag.”

After police heard about the drowning, they went to the couple’s apartment. The family was gone.

Last week, police finally tracked the couple down at a friend’s house.

They said Romero admitted she left her daughter in the bathtub with her two-year-old sister.

Zuber came home and found the one-year-old dead in the tub, so they buried her at a friend’s house because they were afraid they’d be in trouble.

In court Friday afternoon, Judge Charles Brown ruled Zuber is not a danger to society or flight risk and ordered him released him from jail until trial.

“I find no reason to deviate, so I’m going to order the defendant released on his own recognizance with pre-trial services supervision,” said Judge Brown.

Earlier this week, Judge Daniel Gallegos decided to release Zuber’s wife, Monique Romero.

They’re both charged with child abuse resulting in death. Zuber is also charged for burying his daughter to hide the crime.

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