Father arrested in homicide of 2-year-old daughter

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

PARKLAND, Wash. —

Pierce County sheriff’s officers rushed to a home in Parkland after receiving a call to 911 from a man claiming he had just murdered his 2-year-old daughter and was about to kill himself.

Detective Ed Troyer said the deputies arrived to find Salvador Sanchez-Orozco barely conscious and quickly worked to revive him.

“The suspect attempted to kill himself by putting a ligature tight around his neck”, said Troyer. “Our deputy was able to free him and bring him back to consciousness.”

Deputies also found the body of Sanchez-Orozco’s 2 -year-old daughter. They say he killed her before attempting suicide.

“There’s obviously trauma and force that was used. What the exact cause of death (is) will be up to the medical examiner’s office but we don’t have any doubts that he’s the person who did it,” said Troyer.

The girl’s mother arrived at her apartment in the 2400 block of South 96th Street to find it surrounded by crime tape with emergency crews and homicide investigators walking in and out. She collapsed, shouting “That’s my daughter. What did he do?” as a Sheriff’s Department chaplain tried to restrain and console her.

Detectives said Sanchez-Orozco had recently spent one day in a hospital for mental health issues. The News Tribune reports he had threatened to kill his wife over some social media messages. Troyer said a motive for the killing of the little girl had not been determined as of Wednesday. 

Sanchez-Orozco was booked into the Pierce County jail on suspicion of first degree murder. He is expected to face arraignment on Thursday afternoon.

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