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Ariz. man pleads not guilty to foster child abuse

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Pedro "Peter" Manzo Pedro "Peter" Manzo

PHOENIX (AP) - A Goodyear man accused of injuring his 1-year-old foster daughter for throwing her sippy cup and spilling its contents has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 36-year-old Pedro Manzo entered his plea Wednesday. His next scheduled court date is Jan. 6.

He was arrested last month on suspicion of one count of child abuse and held on $18,000 bond.

Goodyear police say Manzo returned home Oct. 28 with his two biological children and two foster children.

He told authorities that he later found his foster daughter slumped on the floor and not breathing.

While at the hospital, doctors noticed the child had bruises on her head and shoulder.

Police say Manzo allegedly admitted that he grabbed his daughter under her jaw, shook her and caused her to pass out.

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