Teen dad in Catalina arrested in death of infant son
By Dale Quinn
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.11.2008
A 19-year-old father was arrested Monday in connection with the death of his infant son who’d been left in a car outside a Catalina residence for at least three hours, an official said.
Anthony Ryan Kurz was booked into Pima County jail early Tuesday on suspicion of negligent homicide and child abuse, according to jail records. His son, identified as 4-month-old Adryan Womble-Kurz, was found about 4 p.m. in a parked car outside a residence in the 4000 block of East Pinto Lane, north of Tucson, said Sgt. Jesus Lopez, head of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department homicide unit. He was taken to Northwest Medical Center in Oro Valley where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of Adryan’s death will be determined by an autopsy, Lopez said, but there were no other obvious signs of child abuse.
“We’re estimating that it was at least three hours the child was left in the car,” Lopez said.
According to the National Weather Service the high temperature in the Tucson area reached the mid-70s.
Deputies responded to the home in Catalina after getting the call Monday afternoon of an unresponsive child in a car, Lopez said.
Kurz later told investigators he had dropped his girlfriend off at work and then returned home, but he got distracted and left Adryan in the car, Lopez said.
He apparently told investigators the door to the house was open when he came home, which took his attention away from the baby in the car, Lopez said.
Authorities are still investigating what distracted Kurz from his child and whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, Lopez said.
Kurz, his girlfriend and their child lived at the residence in the 4000 block of East Pinto, Lopez said. No other children lived at the residence but other adults did live there, he said.
Lopez said he did not anticipate additional arrests in the case, but the investigation is ongoing.
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