- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse in the 2013 death of his 4-year-old daughter.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Sergio Ortiz had a change of plea hearing Wednesday.

Ortiz and his girlfriend, Melissa Centeno, also had each been charged with first-degree murder.

The 22-year-old Centeno also pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of child abuse in the death of her baby.

Centeno and the 25-year-old Ortiz both face Nov. 4 sentencings.

Police arrived at the couple’s apartment complex on Oct. 13, 2013 and found Ortiz giving his daughter mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Ortiz says he spanked the girl and the bruises were from her falling in the bathtub.

But authorities say the number and location of bruises on the child were inconsistent with Ortiz’s story.

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