News Flash

MCAO Latest News

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Juan Garcia Sentenced for Murder of Two-Year-Old Child

PHOENIX – Juan Garcia (D.O.B. 7/12/1993) will serve a 25-year term in the Arizona Department of Corrections for beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son to death after the child refused to eat his dinner. Garcia pled guilty earlier this year to one count of second degree murder, a Dangerous Crime Against Children, and one count of child abuse. Under terms of his sentence imposed today by the Honorable Rosa Mroz, Garcia will not be eligible for early release and will be placed on lifetime probation after serving his term.

“This defendant justly deserves the maximum allowable sentence for the savage brutality of his actions that led to the tragic and senseless death of this innocent child,” said Maricopa County Bill Montgomery. “There is simply no excuse for harming a child in this manner and we will continue to vigorously hold accountable those who do,” he added.

Sometime between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. on February 24, 2012, Juan Garcia arrived with some food at the residence he shared with his girlfriend, Wendy Rogel-Pagasa, and her two-year-old son, Jorge. When she told him the boy would not eat the food he had brought home, Garcia pulled Jorge out of a bedroom by his ear. Jorge cried and Garcia told him to shut up. After trying unsuccessfully to quiet the child, Garcia grabbed him by the throat, lifted him off the ground and slammed his head into a wall multiple times.

Rogel-Pagasa pleaded with Garcia to stop, but he continued to assault the child by striking his head against the ground, rendering him unconscious and unresponsive. When Rogel-Pagasa tried to intervene, Garcia assaulted her by whipping her with an electrical cord and choking her. He attempted to revive the child by striking him, lifting him by his ankle and bending his fingers back. He then left the residence.

Rogel-Pagasa remained with Jorge for about 90 minutes without seeking medical assistance or aid from neighbors. During that time she tried unsuccessfully to revive the child. Garcia returned to the residence and again attempted to revive Jorge by hitting him and bending his fingers back. Eventually, Jorge stopped breathing. At around 10:45 p.m., Rogel-Pagasa called 9-1-1. First responders arrived minutes later and pronounced the child dead.

On March 5, 2014, the Grand Jurors of Maricopa County charged Juan Garcia with one count of first degree felony murder, two counts of child abuse, one count of aggravated assault, and one misdemeanor count of assault. He subsequently waived his right to a trial and pled guilty to second degree murder and child abuse.

Wendy Rogel-Pagasa pled guilty to one count of negligent homicide and one count of child abuse. She is scheduled to be sentenced on January 8, 2015.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in MCAO Latest News

Female domestic violence victim packing suitcase with clothing

Make a Safety Plan to Get Out

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Teen Girl Texting

Remind Teens to Think Before They Send

Posted on: September 28, 2020
County Attorney Allister Adel

Body-Worn Camera Request

Posted on: September 23, 2020
Online Bully

Online Bullying During COVID

Posted on: September 21, 2020
Animal Cruelty

Report Animal Abuse to Law Enforcement

Posted on: September 14, 2020
Labor Day DUI Reminder

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend Safely

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Pills on table

International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: August 31, 2020

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scams

Posted on: July 23, 2020
Two Girls on Laptops

What are the risks of livestreaming?

Posted on: July 13, 2020

What is a Prosecutor?

Posted on: June 25, 2020
Man Vaping

Vaping Warning Signs for Parents

Posted on: June 18, 2020

Help Prevent Opioid Abuse at Home

Posted on: June 16, 2020
Sunset Over Canal and Homes

Keep Your Home Safe this Summer

Posted on: June 4, 2020
Looking through a car windshield at night. The lights are blurred.

Don’t Graduate into a DUI

Posted on: May 19, 2020
Happy Mothers Day

Honoring MCAO Moms

Posted on: May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams

Stimulus Check Scams

Posted on: May 7, 2020
National Law Day 2020

It’s National Law Day

Posted on: May 1, 2020
Angela Andrews

Collaboration is Key

Posted on: April 30, 2020
Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Posted on: April 24, 2020
Heather Kirka

Charging Ahead and Working Together

Posted on: April 23, 2020
Census form on flag

We All Benefit When We Respond

Posted on: April 16, 2020
Brittany Hogard

Keeping the Wheels of Justice Rolling

Posted on: April 15, 2020
Person typing on computer keyboard

Be a Smart Online User

Posted on: April 13, 2020
Avoid Coronavirus Scams

COVID-19 Scam Awareness

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Community Outreach Highlights

Posted on: March 1, 2020
Allister with Female Staff

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Posted on: March 1, 2020
2020 Census Advertisement - Shape your Future, Start Here

YOU Count: Fill Out the Census Today

Posted on: March 1, 2020

Update On Petersen Investigation

Posted on: December 11, 2019

MCAO Honors Our Veterans

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Dion Earl Found Guilty on All Charges

Posted on: August 22, 2019

MCAO Launches Community Grants Webpage

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Update on Green Acre Dog Boarding Deaths

Posted on: September 22, 2014

National Geographic - Taboo

Posted on: August 31, 2012