TUCSON, Ariz. - A Tucson man said he was ready to kill himself after a young child was hurt in his care.
42-year-old George Robinson was charged with child abuse but when the child died the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder.
Tucson Police say last Friday George Robinson was babysitting a child at his home on Tucson's east side.
Police reports say his wife called 911 when he called her saying the child was unresponsive.
Tucson Fire took the child to Banner UMC. The child was in critical condition with bleeding on the brain.
Police said George Robinson gave them four different stories about what happened to the child. First, he said the child fell off a counter. Then he told police he was headed out to get the mail, his legs gave out and he dropped the child. Then, police say he told them he hit the child on the head while they were in the house and then the fourth explanation he said they were on the front of the house. His legs gave out and the child fell down a flight of four stairs."
Robinson told police he knew the child needed medical attention but he was afraid. After he told his wife, she made sure the child got to a hospital.
The report says after the incident, George Robinson sent his wife messages saying he wanted to kill himself with pills or by slitting his wrists. Police say Robinson is a military veteran who has PTSD.
Four days after the incident, the child died and police added first degree murder to the child abuse charge George Robinson already faced.