ONLY ON 8: Mother of murdered child stands by the man suspected of killing baby

HENDERSON - 8 News NOW has learned new information about the October death of a Henderson baby. 

The father of 6-month-old Aaliyah Chavez-Martzen is behind bars in connection with her death.

Anthony Martzen is facing felony charges of open murder and child abuse with substantial bodily harm.

"She was a very, very happy baby. A very happy baby. Before I went to work, I didn't get to tell her I loved her. I didn't get to give her a kiss goodbye. I told her, I'll see you when I get home," said Danielle Chavez, Aaliyah's mother. 

Officers found Aaliyah not breathing on October 23, according to the Henderson Police Department. The child died two days later.

Chavez says she just can't believe that Martzen killed Aaliyah. 

"I know that for a fact that's not something he would do because he loved her so much. He loved his daughter more than anything in this world," Chavez said.

The Chavez family believes Aaliyah's death was caused by injuries to her head which her doctor had noticed in the past. 

"He goes, well she has some swelling that's forcing her brain up through her soft spot, so we need to get a cranial ultrasound," said Darlene Chavez, Aaliyah's grandmother. 

Aaliyah was prone to choking, according to the family. It was a condition they said her doctors called normal. 

"I grabbed her immediately and rubbed her chest because when she was three months I revived her 3 times. She came back. This time she didn't," Danielle Chavez said.

The Chavez family says they finally got the referral for Aaliyah's cranial exam two days ago. But it was too late. They've set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.


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