Tucson Toddler’s Bathtub Death Ruled A Homicide

Warren Gastelum

The death of two-year-old Kamia Baptisto has been ruled a homicide. On December 17, 2016, the child passed away from injuries sustained on December 10, 2016 while in thr care of 27-year-old Warren Gastelum.

On December 10, 2016, shortly before 11:00 p.m., Tucson Police officers responded to a request for police assistance from the Tucson Fire Department at 1700 W. Prince Rd. Prior to arrival, officers were advised paramedics were responding to a report of a near drowning of a two-year-old at an apartment.

Gastelum, the boyfriend of the child’s mother was home alone that night with four children ages seven and under while his girlfriend was at work. He mentioned he had placed the two-year-old in the bath and stepped away for a few minutes. When he returned to the bathroom, he found the child unresponsive and called 911.

Doctors advised detectives that the child had significant injuries that were not consistent with drowning or a fall in the bathtub. Gastelum was arrested for one count of Child Abuse. Now that the investigation has been ruled a homicide, additional charges are pending.

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