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Deputies arrest man in connection with 1-year-old's death

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 01:31:00-04

Pima County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 23-year-old man suspected of killing his 20-month-old nephew in March.

Deputies say Erick Henry, 23, killed Adam Mada on March 12. Henry was booked into the Pima County Jail for one homicide charge and two child abuse charges. He is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

Deputies found the child on the 14300 block of West Rolina at 2:49 a.m. on March 12 while responding to a follow-up call.

"The family found little Adam in distress, I believe they even tried some first aid measures, fire department got there first," said Sheriff Chris Nanos.
 
Paramedics performed life-saving measures but the boy was pronounced dead. He would have turned two-years-old this week.
 
"What we know happened is this child was abused. At 20-months old this child was abused and that is what we believe caused his death," said the sheriff.

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner determined the case to be a homicide and detectives found Henry to be a suspect in the case. The Fugitive Investigative Strike Team located Henry near Camino Verde Road and Nebraska Road. He was arrested Tuesday night.

Deputies say the arrest took so long because they needed to complete the autopsy and additional forensic testing.

Nine On Your Side obtained the autopsy report for the boy which show blunt force trauma to the child's head and body with multiple cuts and bruises. They also found multiple broken ribs.

Adam was taken from his mother just two days after birth because he was substance exposed according to the Department of Child Safety. They placed the boy with a family member.

A spokesperson for DCS, Doug Nick, gave this statement to KGUN: "He was placed in kinship care with family and there have been no other allegations of abuse or neglect with that child or the suspect."

Sheriff Nanos claims that DCS never saw the boy in the three months prior to his death. Nick says they last saw Adam on February 3, just over a month before Adam was killed.

Henry has a criminal record before this most recent incident having served nearly two years in state prison for second-degree burglary in 2010. 

The investigation is ongoing.