- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A Mesa man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 24-year-old Jose Luis Gonzalez-Dominguez also was found guilty Thursday of five counts of child abuse. The trial’s aggravation phase begins Aug. 19.

Authorities say Anays Chenal Carimbocas was taken to a Mesa hospital in May 2011 with fatal injuries that Gonzalez-Dominguez said occurred when she fell into an apartment complex’s pool.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the girl’s death was from blunt force trauma. An autopsy revealed previous injuries that included skull fractures, broken ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous bruises.

The girl’s mother, 30-year-old Crystal Carimbocas, was convicted of first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse Wednesday. She’s scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 18.

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