The list of injuries 3-yearold Angeline Plummer suffered before she died grew Thursday. Stab wounds, bites and more burns were added to head-to-toe cuts and bruises, plus possible sexual abuse, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.
The east Mesa girl died Tuesday from head injuries, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
The man arrested in her death, Christopher Jason Langin, 30, told investigators he was the only person with the child, but said he doesn’t remember hurting her.
He said she got into his Nintendo wires, he pushed her down, then put her in bed to sleep. He later went to bed with her, and awoke to find she had been severely beaten, court records state.
"I hit her. I know I did. I slept with her a long time," he said, according to court records.
Langin began babysitting the girl Monday night at the request of her father and his lifelong friend, Michael Plummer, 28, officials said. Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Plummer went to Langin’s trailer next to the family home at 422 N. 98th Place in a county island to check on the girl and found her covered in bruises. She was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Langin’s mother, Virginia Yvonne Gilchrist, 49, took out an order of
protection against Langin on behalf of herself, another son and a boyfriend in February 2002, according to court documents.
Deputies have been called to the Plummer home 28 times through the years, including four times about possible child abuse, officials said. None of the calls involved the victim. The state’s Child Protective Services also has investigated the family numerous times, but could not comment.
Langin is being held without bail in the county’s Madison Street in Jail in Phoenix.
Detectives continue to investigate the girl’s death and charges could be filed against others, Arpaio said.