A Fayetteville couple have been charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse following the death of their 18-month-old daughter in January.
Andrew Tyler Tomsczak, 21, and Vanessa Arianna Sanchez, 20, were arrested last month in Colorado Springs, where they have been living since spring.
Tomsczak was transported to the Wake County jail Thursday. His fiance, Sanchez, remained in the El Paso County jail in Colorado Springs on Friday, where she has been charged with being a fugitive from justice, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office website.
Police think Tomsczak and Sanchez severely beat their child, Violet Cortez, on Jan. 29 in Fayetteville.
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Tomsczak and Sanchez called 911 on the afternoon of Jan. 29 and reported they had found their daughter unresponsive in a bedroom of their apartment on Lambert Street, Lt. Todd Joyce, a Fayetteville police spokesman, said Friday.
On May 19, an autopsy determined that Violet had endured multiple blunt force blows on her head, soft tissue contusions on her neck, trunk, arms and legs as well as “contusions and abrasions on her external genitalia,” according to an arrest warrant.
She died as a result of the head injuries, and investigators determined she had been abused over a period of time after finding other injuries that “varied in age,” the warrant said.
The next day, police issued warrants for the couple’s arrest, charging them with felony child abuse and murder, but by then Tomsczak and Sanchez had moved to Colorado Springs, the warrant said.
Two days after the warrants were issued, Tomsczak and Sanchez were in arrested in Colorado.
Tomsczak was already serving two years’ probation after he was convicted in Wake County last year of felony assault by strangulation of a female.
North Carolina corrections authorities listed him as a probation absconder on May 17. A nationwide alert described him as a person with violent tendencies and a known substance abuser who used marijuana, cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms, state records show.
In addition to first-degree murder, police in Fayetteville have charged Tomsczak with one count of felony negligent child abuse, serious bodily injury and felony probation violation, according to arrest warrants filed Thursday at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.
Tomsczak, a native of Fayetteville, is being held without benefit of bail at the Wake County jail, court records show.