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Haltom City couple arrested after infant dies from injuries

HALTOM CITY -- A 2-month-old girl who died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital suffered six skull fractures, her liver was crushed and her kidneys were shattered, according to Child Protective Services documents and an affidavit released Wednesday.

The baby was either stomped or held by her ankles and hit against a wall, the documents state.

The baby's father, Alfonso Contreras Jr., 24, was in Haltom City Jail on Wednesday night with bail set at $500,000. Contreras faces a capital murder charge, authorities said.

The child's mother, Ashley Nicole Massey, was in the same jail with bail set at $250,000. She faces a charge of injury to a child by omission.

After a hearing Wednesday, CPS was given temporary custody of Massey's 1-year-old daughter. The girl was in foster care on Wednesday and in good health, CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said.

The family lives at a mobile home park in the 6000 block of East Belknap Street. Contreras cared for Elena when Massey was at work, according to the documents.

Massey told a CPS caseworker on Friday that Contreras had phoned her at work to say that Elena would not wake up. He patted the baby on her back and hit her bottom to get her to wake up, and Elena finally came around, Massey told the caseworker.

On Sunday, when Massey arrived home from work about 10:30 p.m., Elena was asleep.

Contreras asked that Elena sleep in their bed because he was concerned with her breathing, the document states.

About 12:50 a.m. Monday, Massey told the caseworker, she noticed that Elena was not breathing. The couple started CPR, and Massey called 911.

Hours after Elena died at Cook Children's Medical Center, the couple were arrested. Medical staff had alerted authorities that the child's injuries were suspicious.

The family has no history with CPS, Gonzales said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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