Police have released new details about the man arrested after his 9-month-old daughter died at an Albuquerque motel.
According to police, the father, 39-year-old Moses Johnson, claimed he was playing with the child when he accidentally dropped her and she fell into the pool.
It’s been a few rough days for officers and the Crimes Against Children Unit. Police said when crews arrived at the motel near San Mateo and I-40, the child was beyond help.
Police said they were called to the San Mateo Inn around 10:30 a.m. for a drowning. They say when they arrived they found an infant unresponsive. According to police, the child was a 9-month-old girl.
Police said Crimes Against Children and Homicide Unit detectives were on scene.
“It’s suspicious what we’re being told, the circumstances, that’s why all the techs are out here right now for this investigation,” APD Officer Simon Drobik said.
Police are being very clear, they are not calling this a drowning. In a criminal complaint, authorities say during the investigation, medics told officers that they found bruises on the child’s head and hotel staff said no one had been by the pool all morning.
A motel guest told a detective they heard a baby crying and a banging noise coming from Johnson’s room. Police say Johnson then changed his story, saying he left the girl strapped in her car seat in the bathroom for hours while she slept.
Johnson allegedly claims she suffered from bronchitis and that he found the child unresponsive in the bathtub. Paramedics were never able to revive the child.
Johnson is charged with child abuse resulting in death. He’s been arrested before for aggravated battery and kidnapping. Those cases were later dismissed.
This is the second investigation into the death of a child in Albuquerque in the past five days. Police say a 5-year-old girl was beaten to death with a shoe by her father on Friday.