Glendale man crushes son’s ribs, leg

Carlos Belmonte (MCSO)

A Glendale man was arrested last week after fracturing his 6-week-old son’s femur and ribs, according to records.

On Sept. 8 at about 10:30 p.m., an employee from Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office regarding an infant brought into the emergency room by his mother.

The mother believed her son’s swollen legs were due to a mosquito, but X-rays showed a fractured left femur.

The infant was transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for further evaluation.

MCSO responded and interviewed the mother, who told detectives she witnessed her husband, Carlos Alejandro Gomez Belmonte, forcefully pick up their child and slam him down on the bed inside their Glendale home on Sept. 5.

Detectives were able to contact Mr. Belmonte. He admitted to authorities he became frustrated from his son’s cries, lost control and picked his son up with both hands while grabbing his ribs, according to records. Afterwards he shook his son and threw him onto the bed.

“My intention wasn’t to hurt him, I was just trying to make him stop crying,” Mr. Belmonte told a judge at his initial court appearance Sept. 11.

Mr. Belmonte was booked into jail on one count of child abuse, with a bond set at $25,000.

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