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2 San Diego sailors arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse in death of their daughter

March 10, 2011 |  6:02 pm

Two San Diego sailors were arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony child abuse in the death 17 months ago of their 3-month-old daughter, San Diego police said.

Steven Davinger, 28, and Sara Davinger, 22, were arrested at the 32nd Street Naval Station in the Oct. 13, 2009, death of Aziya Davinger. Steven Davinger is the child's stepfather.

The child died of staph infections caused by multiple rib fractures, according to the county Medical Examiner.

Police Lt. Kevin Rooney said the case was slowed by the tangled relationships between the five adults living in the same apartment. A caregiver called paramedics when the child lapsed into unconsciousness.

The Davingers are being held responsible for "acts and omissions that led to their daughter's death," Rooney said. Once injured, the child did not receive adequate medical care, he said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego