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Father of Deceased Baby Arrested, Charged with Child Endangerment

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The father of a three-month old child, whose death police are currently investigating, was arrested on charges of child endangerment.

Corpus Christi police were called out to the 2900 block of Niagra around 2:30 a.m. Friday for an unconscious three-month old girl. The baby was rushed to Driscoll Children's Hospital, where she later died.

The child was with her father when the incident took place. Initially, police treated it like every other infant death and were waiting for an autopsy report. However, the case turned into a criminal investigation when investigators found that the baby had suffered from various injuries.

Detectives were able to obtain a warrant on the baby's father, 17-year old Joe Angel Rodriguez. He was arrested and charged with injury to a child. Investigators said he is not being cooperative.

"To me he is not grieving like somebody would that just lost a child," said Lt. Patrick McMenamy of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Police said that, once they get the official autopsy report, they will be able to move forward from that point. The Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office could not disclose the cause of death as of Monday.

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