DENVER (CBS4) – The parents of a baby who died over the weekend in South Denver told police disturbing stories about their parenting in the weeks leading up to the boy’s death, according to documents.
Calvin Pitts, 28, and Amanda DeLeon, 21, tentatively face felony child abuse charges in the wake of 3-month-old Sanai’s death on Saturday.
Reports first came in Saturday at about 8 a.m. of a child not breathing at the couple’s apartment on South Federal Boulevard near Yale. The boy died soon afterwards in the hospital.
When the child was examined officials discovered numerous injuries which an expert told them were consistent with what was called “non accidental trauma and serious bodily injury.” The injuries to the boy included a broken right leg, broken left wrist, a burn on the left thigh, a scab on the chin and ear injuries.
Pitts, the baby’s father, told Denver officers the mother had hurt the child’s leg about two weeks ago. He saw the injury, put a towel in the microwave for 2 minutes and then put it on the child, badly burning him.
Pitts also told police that he was smoking a cigarette and it fell, burning the child.
DeLeon told police the baby was on its belly and she had moved him and he let out a cry and she thinks that may have been when the leg was broken. She also said she wet a washcloth with hot water from a faucet and put it on the boy’s left leg. When she removed it some of the baby’s skin came off.
Both Pitts and DeLeon have been in trouble with the law before. They have been arrested for drug, robbery and assault charges.