Parents charged with murder in death of malnourished child

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Posted: May 27, 2015 9:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities have filed murder charges against a suburban Phoenix couple after the death of their 3-year-old daughter who weighed just 15 pounds.

Police say 28-year-old Carlos Cruz and 36-year-old Rosemary Velazco were arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony child abuse.

Officials with the Maricopa County attorney's office say both defendants were charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of child abuse in a direct complaint filed Wednesday.

Police say the child showed signs of being beaten and sexually abused and weighed just 15 pounds when she was taken to a hospital a week shy of her fourth birthday.

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Cruz has denied sexually and physically abusing his daughter. He and Velazco don't have attorneys yet.

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