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Surprise Police Department
Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release

Police investigate death of 3-year-old child

Surprise, AZ (May 26, 2015) Surprise Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl, Alexandra Velazco-Tercerro, who died Saturday, May 23.

The El Mirage Fire Department was called to the girl’s home in the area of 12800 W. Market Street in Surprise to provide emergency medical treatment to an unresponsive child. Alexandra remained unresponsive as paramedics attended to her at the home and was transported to the hospital where additional life-saving measures were attempted. All efforts to revive Alexandra were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Surprise Police responded to the hospital to investigate Alexandra’s death and immediately observed evidence of significant physical trauma to multiple areas of her body. Alexandra was also abnormally thin for a 3-year-old child, weighing only 15 pounds. As a result of the severity and nature of Alexandra’s injuries, police suspected she was the victim of prolonged physical abuse and neglect, as well as sexual abuse. The cause of Alexandra’s death is pending the results of an examination performed by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.

Investigators interviewed Alexandra’s parents, Rosemary Velazco, age 36 and Carlos Cruz, age 28 and learned that both parents used physical punishment against Alexandra. Investigators also searched Alexandra’s home and discovered additional evidence of abuse and neglect.

After consulting with prosecutors with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, both Rosemary Velazco and Carlos Cruz were arrested and booked into Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of child abuse and neglect. Any additional charges in this case are pending further investigation and the results from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner. The investigation remains in its early stages and is ongoing.