TAMPA — A Tampa man sexually abused and killed a 3-year-old girl in his care, authorities said Friday.
Elisamuel Pacheco, 24, had been caring for the 3-year-old and her 9-month-old twin brothers all week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the 3-year-old had been sick, vomiting repeatedly. Her mother thought she had a virus, the Sheriff's Office said. She was found unresponsive by other family members Thursday evening and taken to Florida Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office found signs of sexual battery and internal injuries and ruled her death a homicide. The child's internal injuries were consistent with sexual abuse and with other types of abuse, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez said. The 9-month-old twins will be examined for signs of abuse as well, she said.
Pacheco was arrested Friday about 6 p.m. on charges of first-degree murder, capital sexual battery and aggravated child abuse. His criminal record includes at least eight arrests, jail records show, and he served 11 months in state prison after a 2009 conviction for robbery with a deadly weapon, according to state records.