Two arrested for child abuse

Bryan Barker, 29, and Diana Noncheva, 23.

On September 2, at 5:39 p.m., officers from Operations Division West responded to a local area hospital regarding a 1-year-old boy in critical condition with bruising on his head and body. The baby was brought in by the child’s mother and her boyfriend.

Detectives from the Dependent Child Unit responded to continue the investigation. They determined that the injuries to the baby occurred earlier in the day while he was in the care of the boyfriend, 29-year-old Bryan Barker, at their residence in the 4800 block of East 29th Street. Barker contacted the mother, 23-year-old Diana Noncheva, by phone and advised her that he had dropped the baby and the baby was now unresponsive. Noncheva arrived home after work and the baby was still unresponsive. Approximately one hour later, the two called a friend to pick them up and take them to the hospital to seek treatment for the baby.

Barker was arrested for 2 counts of Child Abuse for the causing the injuries and then failing to immediately seek medical treatment for the baby. Noncheva was arrested for 1 count of Child Abuse for not immediately seeking medical assistance for the baby after becoming aware of the injuries. Both were booked into the Pima County Jail.

The baby remains in critical condition.

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