SMITH COUNTY, TX (The Tyler Morning Telegraph) – An East Texas baby who was punched multiple times and thrown has died at a Dallas hospital and her father has been charged with capital murder.
Four-month-old Sofia Ibarra was taken off of life support about 10 a.m. Thursday and died from injuries officials say were caused by her father.
Andres Ibarra, 19, of Tyler was formally charged with capital murder in connection with Sofia’s death.
Ibarra was taken into custody Monday when the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was called to a hospital regarding an unresponsive child who had been taken to the hospital.
During an interview with law enforcement, Ibarra said after he struck and threw the child on Sunday night, he went outside, smoked marijuana, then went to sleep, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Ibarra went on to tell investigators he left the residence with his girlfriend and the child when he woke up Monday morning. That’s when Ibarra said they took the baby to the hospital because they noticed the child was pale and not breathing normally, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said Ibarra confessed to striking the child with a closed fist four or five times and throwing her one time.
Ibarra also admitted to abusing the child over the past month, with Sunday night’s abuse being the most recent incident, according to the sheriff’s office.
During the initial investigation at a local hospital, law enforcement learned the child had suffered severe injuries and child abuse was suspected.
Ibarra was originally charged with injury to a child and an was held in the jail on a $500,000 bond and an immigration detainer.
Ibarra remains in the Smith County Jail and is being held on a $1 million bond for the capital murder charge.
The arrest warrant issued for Ibarra charges that he “intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual, namely, Sofia Ibarra, an individual younger than 10 years of age, by throwing her and striking her several times in the torso area with a closed fist,” according to the sheriff’s office.
An autopsy has been ordered and will be completed at Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.
The investigation is still ongoing.