A Tacoma man pleaded not guilty today to a first-degree murder charge in the suffocation of his 2-year-old daughter at his apartment, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’ Office.
On Wednesday, Salvador Sanchez-Orozco, 26, allegedly squeezed his daughter until she stopped breathing, then called 911 and told the operator he had killed his daughter.
In January, Sanchez-Orozco and his wife agreed to separate after arguing in their apartment, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’ Office. He was involuntarily committed after becoming distraught and attempting to hang himself, but was released the next day.
His wife and their daughter moved to his wife’s parents house in Graham, and he periodically cared for his daughter while his wife was at work, prosecutors say.
On Tuesday, Sanchez-Orozco drove to the Graham home, and was upset that there was a male friend of his wife at the home, according to court documents. Sanchez-Orozco showed up unexpectedly the next day and, after his wife gave permission, took his daughter to his apartment, where she was killed. He then tried to hang himself again, prosecutors say.