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Report: Father kneeled on baby before death

 LAS VEGAS -- Police said the father of an 8-month-old baby kneeled on the child out of frustration, according to an arrest report.

Corneilio Rodriguez-Gonzalez told detectives that he fed the baby, whose been identified by the Clark County Coroner's office as Raymond Rodriguez-Gonzalez, but the child remained fussy, so he got frustrated.

In his frustration, Rodriguez-Gonzalez put all of his weight on the 8-month-old by kneeling on him in a “forceful manner,” according to police. Rodriguez-Gonzalez weighs 225 lbs. and is six feet tall.

Investigators said the 23-year-old also told them he picked the baby up and held him until he went to sleep and put him in his crib. However, when he went to check on baby Raymond a little later, he wasn't breathing.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez was on the phone arguing with the baby's mother when he realized Raymond's condition, according to police. The arrest report stated that the child's mother, Amy Elliot, was the one who told Rodriguez-Gonzalez to hang up and call 911 and that she was on her way home.

Metro said 911 first received a call saying an infant was suffering a medical episode on Tuesday at 11:50 a.m. at a home in the 1900 block of Dwarf Star Drive, near E. Lake Mead and N. Lamb boulevards.

Shortly after officers arrived, the child was transported to University Medical Center where he died less than an hour later. UMC told Metro Police about several old bruises found on the 8-month-old including an old rib fracture. There were also two scrapes found on the baby's head.

After further investigation, it was revealed that Child Protective Services was called out to this address for incidents involving other children in the home, including one child receiving a broken clavicle.

In that incident, Elliot said she covered for Rodriguez-Gonzalez by telling a lie because Rodriguez-Gonzalez had warrants out of California.

The boy's father faces charges of murder by child abuse. Metro's Abuse and Neglect unit said it is investigating the death.