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Man Arrested For Child Abuse After 5-Year-Old Daughter's Death

RIVERSIDE (AP) — A Riverside County man has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse and murder after his 5-year-old daughter died at a hospital.

A sheriff's statement says deputies were called to a hospital Tuesday to investigate the death of the girl, who suffered a serious injury earlier in the day.

Authorities say the parents did not seek medical help. Authorities didn't immediately say how she got to the hospital.

An autopsy Wednesday concluded that the girl had been physically abused and sheriff's investigators arrested her father, 22-year-old Angel Garcia III of Moreno Valley, on suspicion of child abuse and murder. The girl's stepmother, 23-year-old Yadira Onofre, was booked on suspicion of abuse and being an accessory to murder.

Both remained jailed Friday.

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