Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dad on trial for "injury to a child by omission"; other dad charged with murder (San Antonio, Texas)

Don't see these cases too often with gay fathers. But it still happens. The dads are identified as NORBERTO VELASQUEZ and MATTHEW ARANDA.

Makes me sick, though, that some poor mother gives up her baby for adoption, hoping/praying her child will have a better life. And then two apparent idiots like these guys adopt the baby....

Father testifies in child death trial

By: Jennifer Saucedo

A man on trial in connection with his adoptive daughter's death takes the stand.

Norberto Velasquez, 49, is charged with injury to a child by omission.

Back in January 2009, 3-year-old Melody Velasquez died.

Velasquez and his partner, Matthew Aranda, adopted the toddler.

The couple told authorities she had fallen down the stairs and it was a tragic accident.

Prosecutors say an autopsy showed Melody died from blunt force trauma. The Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide.

Authorities said the couple did not call 911 until more than 30 hours after the incident.

If found guilty, Velasquez is facing five years to life in prison.

Aranda, who's charged with Melody's murder, is set to go to trial in December.

Wednesday, November 6 2013, 09:41 PM CST