Father Charged with Murder of Infant Son, Marijuana Use Possible Factor
SPRING HILL – Earlier this morning we reported the arrest of two people in connection with the death of their 1-month old son (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY). Officials are now reporting the arrest of a man in an unrelated case who they say is responsible for the death of his 2-month old son.
Less than two months after the tragic death of Carson Abney, Detectives opened a homicide investigation into the death of a second toddler at a residence on Omaha Circle.
RNRF broke the news on July 19th, after Fire Rescue responded to an apartment located at 8325 Omaha Circle, where paramedics discovered the lifeless body of 2-month old Miles Anchondo Jr. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL ORIGINAL REPORT).
Officials notified the media today that the father, Miles Luke Anchondo confessed to killing his son, during an interview with Investigators on October 15th. U.S. Marshal’s and Pasco Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Anchondo in Pasco County yesterday.
According to officials, on the day of the incident Anchondo told investigators that he placed his son’s stroller next to the bed and fell asleep. Anchondo advised that he awoke to what he thought was the infant crying or coughing, only to find the infant limp. Anchondo says he removed all his son’s clothing and placed him in the bathtub. But that account conflicted with patrol deputies who reported that the child was dry before being transported to the hospital. Anchondo also admitted to smoking marijuana the day before, and stated he knocked over a small bong while he was trying to help the infant. He told Kraft he kicked the broken pieces of the bong under the sofa. Deputies also observed what they believed to be marijuana in plain view on the day of the incident.
During a second interview on October 15th, Anchondo told Detectives that he was carrying the infant and “he hit his head hard on the door jamb” and that after he hit his head, the infant fell asleep easily. Anchondo advised he knew the child needed medical attention but was going to wait for his girlfriend to get home. During this interview Anchondo also advised that a few weeks ago he was pushing the infant in the stroller “back and forth hard and fast” which caused the child to lunge forward and hit his head on the rails of the stroller. Lastly, Anchondo told detectives that he dropped the infant on his head, on the tile floor.
An autopsy revealed that Miles Jr. suffered left parietal skull fracture, brain and spinal cord injuries of varying stages, retinal and optic nerve sheath hemorrhages, healing fractures of the right seventh, and left sixth ribs, and also showed signs of recent fractures to the right fifth and sixth ribs, and pulmonary congestion, edema, and focal acute pneumonia.
Anchondo is charged with Murder While Engaged in Certain Felony Offenses and Aggravated Child Abuse. He is currently held without bond at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.
CORRECTION: The Sheriff’s Office has asked that I retract the statement above that Mr. Anchondo confessed to “Killing” his son. He only provided a confession of inflicting the injuries that led to the death of his son.
July 23rd, 2017
SPRING HILL – On Wednesday, RNRF broke the news of an infant found unresponsive inside an apartment on Omaha Circle. Paramedics responded to 8325 Omaha Circle around 4:30 p.m. where they discovered the child’s lifeless body and transported him to a local hospital for immediate treatment. Sadly, 2-month old Miles Luke Anchondo Jr. passed away less than 24-hours later from an undisclosed or undetermined cause of death.
Over the last few days, RNRF received numerous tips from neighbors and acquaintances of the parents, Jessica Velez, 26, and Miles Luke Anchondo Sr., 25, making various accusations against the parents, and stating the victim did not drown.
Jessica Velez contacted RNRF last night and provided a full statement as to what she believes happened to her son, and she says, “My boyfriend murdered my son.”
Velez tells RNRF that she noticed bruises on her son’s forehead, bite marks on his face, and a black eye in the weeks prior to her son’s death. Anchondo would just “make excuses” whenever she asked about the injuries, says Velez.
Velez works full-time as a dog groomer and Anchondo would stay home and watch their son while she worked. Velez says Anchondo was “lazy” and didn’t want to work. She also claims that Anchondo had an anger problem and would often verbally abuse her.
Velez didn’t suspect foul play until detectives began asking questions about child’s death and that’s when she says investigators revealed their suspicions about her boyfriend’s involvement. Velez says during an interview with Detectives, Anchondo admitted to “banging the child’s head twice and dropping him on the ground.” Doctors told Velez that her son had a blood clot and fluid in the brain, and that is what they believe led to his death, according to Velez.
Velez says when Detectives asked Anchondo why he didn’t call 911, he said “I didn’t think it was a big deal.”
Officials are waiting on autopsy results before deciding to file charges against the father, says Velez, but she believes they will.
Anchondo is believed to be staying with his mother in Wesley Chapel.
Velez says she is going to have her son cremated and keep his remains with her at all times.
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