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 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.
The investigation is ongoing.