El Paso man shook baby because she cried during soccer game, court documents say

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) –  The man who is accused of killing his 5-month-old daughter allegedly shook her by the face because she cried during a televised soccer game.

Pedro Salgado, 26, is facing Capital Murder charges in connection with the death of his infant girl, America Salgado.

According to a complaint affidavit, the baby died at University Medical Center but had visible marks on America’s lower chin, face and temple area.

As detectives interviewed Salgado, he said his favorite soccer team was playing on TV and he watched the first half but the baby’s crying frustrated him. He “admitted to forcefully grabbing the baby by her face and he shook her once,” the affidavit said. 

Salgado told detectives he gave America a bottle and did not know if she was still breathing after he shook her. He walked back to the living room to watch the second half of the game, the affidavit said. 

When the game finished, he noticed the baby was not breathing. Instead of calling 911, he called his wife and asked her to leave work because he “dropped the baby,” the affidavit said.

“Once first responders were on the scene, the defendant claimed that the baby had slipped out of her stroller and suffocated in a pile of clothes,” the affidavit said.

Salgado changed his story multiple times, the affidavit said.

A 2-year-old boy was also in the house and had similar injuries to his 5-month-old sister, the affidavit said.

“The defendant admitted to grabbing the children’s faces forcibly and that he may have taken it too far with the baby as it resulted in her death,” the affidavit said.

Salgado’s wife, Michelle Gutierez, 22, has also been arrested on suspicion of injury to a child by omission in connection with the injuries to the 2-year-old boy. She is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Salgado is being held without bond. 

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