AZ parents starve infant in order to pay for Netflix - KPTV - FOX 12

AZ parents starve infant in order to pay for Netflix

Posted: Updated:
Veronica Diaz Veronica Diaz
Diaz's 9-month-old son Diaz's 9-month-old son
Ryan Morris Ryan Morris
PHOENIX, AZ (CNN) - The Arizona woman accused of starving her nine-month-old son is speaking out.

Veronica Diaz and her boyfriend were taken into custody after police say the baby was deemed malnourished and severely underweight.

"I feel bad about what happened,” says Diaz.

These days Diaz has all the time in the world to reflect on her actions as she sits inside a Phoenix jail cell.

"His eyes were twitching. He would respond, but every time he opened his eyes they would just start twitching. His color wasn't good, and from what they said, his kidneys were failing," says Diaz.

Medical personnel informed police that the nine month old only weighed seven pounds.

Diaz admitted that she stopped giving her son baby formula on March 1.

"He didn't have enough formula and I didn't have enough money,” she explains.

Diaz says her boyfriend and the baby's father Ryan Morris recently became unemployed and they were struggling to make ends meet.

Morris told police that he had just gotten his last check and combined with Diaz’s social security, they had almost $1000.

"He had to pay his parents off,” says Diaz.

Diaz says the couple opted to pay their car insurance, utilities, and rent.

"There was a bill he had to pay for Netflix for the older kids to watch,” defends Diaz.

She also claims she had a $340 cable and internet bill for premium channels like HBO.

When asked how she thought she would be perceived for choosing to pay non-necessity bills over buying formula, Diaz said "Not good".

Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Applebee’s is closing another 60 to 80 restaurants

    Applebee’s is closing another 60 to 80 restaurants

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:53 PM EST2018-02-25 03:53:36 GMT
    (Wikimedia Commons)(Wikimedia Commons)
    (Wikimedia Commons)(Wikimedia Commons)

    It’s unclear which locations will be closing.

    More >

    It’s unclear which locations will be closing.

    More >
  • Portland bike shops stop buying from company that also sells guns

    Portland bike shops stop buying from company that also sells guns

    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:16 AM EST2018-02-25 06:16:26 GMT

    As a handful of big companies cut ties with the National Rifle Association, some Portland bike shop owners are looking to do the same. The plan is to stop stocking certain brands in their stores, because they said the company that sells them supports the NRA. 

    More >

    As a handful of big companies cut ties with the National Rifle Association, some Portland bike shop owners are looking to do the same. The plan is to stop stocking certain brands in their stores, because they said the company that sells them supports the NRA. 

    More >
  • Florida shooting first responders describe moment they entered school

    Florida shooting first responders describe moment they entered school

    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:37 AM EST2018-02-25 13:37:50 GMT
    Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich recounts calling his wife and son, who were in the school on the day of the Florida school shooting, after helping to rescue victims.Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich recounts calling his wife and son, who were in the school on the day of the Florida school shooting, after helping to rescue victims.
    Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich recounts calling his wife and son, who were in the school on the day of the Florida school shooting, after helping to rescue victims.Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich recounts calling his wife and son, who were in the school on the day of the Florida school shooting, after helping to rescue victims.

    As more details emerge on the Florida high school massacre that left 17 people dead, some of the first officers who rushed to the scene are sharing their accounts of the moment they first arrived.

    More >

    As more details emerge on the Florida high school massacre that left 17 people dead, some of the first officers who rushed to the scene are sharing their accounts of the moment they first arrived.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.