Man arrested, faces murder charge in death of 2-year-old girl

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A man has been arrested in the death of a 2-year-old girl, the Westminster Police Department said Friday.

Joseph Barela, 27, faces a first-degree murder charge in the case, police said.

Officers responded to a 911 call on Jan. 26 to the 5500 block of West 79th Avenue on a report of a 2-year-old who was not breathing.

The girl was taken to a hospital with significant injuries. Doctors put her on life support but was taken off and died the next day, police said.

Investigators said Barela was caring for his girlfriend's daughter. Barela was booked into the Jefferson County Detention Facility.

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