WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A Florida man is facing first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing his 4-month-old daughter.
Every time Marcos Gomez-Romero looked at Ariana Rodriguez-Romero he would get angry, because she was not the boy he wanted, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The 28-year-old told investigators he starting beating her months ago — slapping her as she slept, the newspaper reported.
She died on Christmas Day and, on Thursday, a grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges, the newspaper reported.
Ariana had dozens of internal and external injuries, including fractured ribs and a cut spleen, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report, Gomez-Romero told police he called his daughter an "ugly, girl, prostitute and deny [sic] she was his daughter," the newspaper reported.
He would pick the little girl up by her hands to carry her and told police he often spanked her out of anger for no reason, according to the report.
Ariana's mother Juana Rodriguez-Perez told police she threatened to call the police on him, but he said he would flee with their 2-year-old son, the newspaper reported.