Boyfriend Arrested For Death Of 4-year-old Boy

December 6, 2010

On December 3, 2010 at approximately 4:00 pm, Mesa officers responded to Banner Baywood hospital for a report of an injured child. Medical staff reported that the 4-year-old male had massive head trauma, as well as additional bruising on his body. Due to the nature of his injuries, the child was air lifted to Phoenix Children's hospital The injuries were so serious that the child was not expected to survive.

Detectives were able to contact the victim's mother, who was not at home at the time of the injury. She said that the child was left in the care of her boyfriend, Jorge Busso (23), while she was at work. Jorge BussoBusso was contacted at their residence in Mesa, where he was detained for questioning. Busso said that he was home with the child when he smelled a foul odor and realized that the child had soiled himself. As punishment, the child was pushed into a corner where he was spanked with a belt. Busso claimed that when he was trying to hold the child in the corner, he hit his head on the wall causing the injury. When the victim's mother arrived home from work, she found the child unresponsive, lying in bed. She immediately took him to the hospital for treatment.

Based on the injuries and the admissions, Busso (seen here in photo) was booked for one count of Child Abuse and one count of False Reporting. On December 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm, the child died as a result of the injuries. Busso's charges have been updated and he is now charged with ARS 13-1105, one count of First Degree Murder.



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