Mother speaks after father of infant daughter charged with child abuse homicide

Posted at 9:47 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 23:47:18-04

SEVIER COUNTY, Utah -- Ilia Burgos fights back tears as she describes what she misses most about her baby, Siri.

"Her smile, her laugh. The way you could hear her in the morning just talking, giggling," Burgos said.

Burgos never realized something was wrong until she saw Siri in the hospital.

"She’s thinner than she usually is," Burgos said. "Her lips are dry and she goes, 'Yeah, its dehydration.'"

Siri's father, David Anderson, had custody when she was found unresponsive in her crib back in June. The medical examiner told Burgos Siri hadn't been fed in more than 12 hours. Siri died one day before her first birthday.

"I looked at David and I was like, 'You said you fed her.' [he replied] 'Oh, I did.' Then he changed it to, she only had a couple bites," Burgos said. "I know my daughter. You put food in front of my daughter, my daughter is going to eat."

Anderson has been charged with child abuse homicide, but Burgos can't help but feel partly responsible.

"If I would've known, if I would've known he was doing half the things he was, no way, no way," she said. "I would never leave my daughters."

Burgos still keeps the flowers from Siri's funeral, along with her toys and a lit candle to remind her of the baby she lost.

"God takes the most perfect babies to keep them from this corrupted world," she said.

A baby who brightened so many lives, in less than a year.

"Siri was absolutely the most perfect baby,” Burgos said.

Anderson makes his first court appearance on Monday. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.