February 27, 2009
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Mesa, Arizona (The Weekly Vice) -- Jose Rocha, a 19-year-old Arizona man, was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly turned a clothes dryer on while his 1-year-old son tumbled inside.
According to Mesa police, officers responded at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night to a family disturbance call.
When police arrived, witnesses told investigators that Rocha turned on a clothes dryer while his 1-year-old son Charlie was inside it.
Witnesses at the scene told police the child had crawled into the dryer, which prompted the child' mother to leave the room in search of a camera. She reportedly thought the moment was cute and decided to take a photo.
Investigators say the mother told them she had just left the room when she heard the dryer turn on, followed by the screams of her son.
Family members told police that Rocha fled the residence after police were called. Investigators took Rocha into custody at about 12:30 a.m. after he had returned to the residence.
Rocha denied turning the dryer on, claiming that he turned the dryer tumbler by hand. Witnesses who heard the dryer activate disagree - comparing the sound to the noise caused when a pair of shoes tumbles in a dryer. Another witness compared the sound to that of a 10-pound sack of potatoes bouncing around.
The child's mother, who is Rocha's girlfriend, told local media that she believes "it's all being misunderstood." She has reversed her previous statement, claiming that she now believes Rocha used his hand to turn the tumbler.
The woman failed to explain how she could have known that if she had left the room as earlier stated. She also failed to explain how a dryer tumbler could be turned by hand, since most dryer models make that task fairly difficult.
Police didn't buy either parent's story, relying on the witness reports, Rocha's fleeing, and the red welts on the child's back to draw a conclusion.
Rocha was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one county of child abuse. The child was released back into the custody of his mother.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This gets tiresome. Once more a woman is defending her penis instead of standing up for her abused child. I think she told investigators the truth in the beginning, but began to change her story when she learned Rocha would likely be arrested.
"The kid will heal, but I want my boyfriend back." That's the message I get.
Great parenting mom. Ease up on the Sharpie eyebrows, would ya?
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