Man Arrested In Beating Death Of 2-Year-Old Girl

Police: Man Had Been Baby-Sitting Girlfriend's Daughter

A Franklin County man has been arrested, accused of beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter to death.

Officers were called to the Big Cedar Trailer Court near Brookville on March 12 after the girl's mother said she came home from work to find her daughter, Sapphyre Putney, unresponsive in her bed.

The toddler was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Harrison, Ohio, where she was pronounced dead.

Final autopsy results recently released showed the child died of blunt-impact injuries to her abdomen resulting in a laceration to her small intestine and a pancreatic injury, police said.

Luis Antonio Gonzalez, 31, the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother, had been baby-sitting the victim the night she died, police said.

He was arrested Thursday on preliminary charges of murder and battery resulting in death. He was being held Friday in the Hamilton County Detention Center in Cincinnati pending extradition back to Franklin County.