Father charged with suffocating 2-year-old daughter

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Photo of police at the scene of the attempted murder-suicide.

TACOMA — A 26-year-old man was charged with killing his daughter by suffocation in a failed murder-suicide attempt that left residents a Tacoma apartment complex reeling Wednesday.

Salvador Sanchez-Orozco was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court for squeezing his 2-year-old daughter to death Wednesday morning. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court at 1:20 p.m.

Sanchez-Orozco was arrested at the Woodmark apartment complex around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of 96th Street South. Police said they found him hanging with a rope around his neck and oxygen cut off, his dead daughter lying nearbye.

Police believe the daughter was killed out of spite for the mother.

“The defendant murdered a child he’s supposed to protect,” said prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “This is domestic violence at its worst, killing a child to punish the mother.”

According to police, Sanchez-Orozco and his wife had been arguing on and off for weeks. He was involuntarily committed earlier this month after trying to strangle himself with a dog leash.

The mother and daughter moved out of the house, but Sanchez-Orozco would still periodically visit his child. It was during one of these visits that he strangled his daughter and again tried to kill himself. He allegedly left a suicide note saying he was going to kill himself and “take my daughter,” with him.

If convicted, Sanchez-Orozco could face life in prison.

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    What a jerk. Too bad the police came in time to save his sorry butt. Personally I think he belongs on death row, not that it would do any good as long as Governor Inslee is in office. He won't be getting my vote if he decides to seek re election.