(Phoenix, Arizona) – The office of Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced today that a county grand jury has indicted Diego Miguel Garcia (09/99) with one count of first degree murder, a class one dangerous crime against children and one count of child abuse, a class two dangerous crime against children.*
Garcia was arrested and booked into jail in February after a toddler suffered severe injuries while under the defendant’s care. The child later died at a local hospital.
“Children are some of the most vulnerable in our community and when a child dies at the hands of an adult, this office will seek justice for the tragic loss of life,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell.
*A charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.