The father of the one-year-old Peoria girl who died Friday after drowning in a bath tub is speaking out for the first time.
He says after the child's mother, who is his fiancée, was arrested, they began to receive a lot of negative comments from the public.
Miguel Contreras is still in shock and heartbroken after losing his one-year-old girl, Melani. He says this pain combined with the negativity from the public is hard to bare.
He wants people to know that both families stand behind the girl’s mother.
"We all loved each other, we love each other, you know, we would never harm each other."
His fiancée and the mother of the child, 21-year-old Brenda Ramirez, was arrested and taken to jail Friday after the little girl drowned in the bath tub at their Peoria apartment.
Newly released court documents show that Ramirez told police that her daughter may have pushed Melani under water, however, police say that Ramirez has changed her story multiple times.
Police say Ramirez called 9-1-1 and said her daughter wasn't breathing at about 12:30 in the morning.
When police arrived the baby was wet and unresponsive.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter was also in the home at the time, but luckily she wasn't hurt.
Contreras says not only did he lose his baby girl, but he's also dealing with the pain of what people have been saying about Ramirez.
"The things that are being said, obviously people are free to comment, but I just want them to know that she is the best person in the world."
Miguel says Ramirez, who's his high school sweetheart, was the best mother.
He says she was working on a Political Science degree to provide the best life she could for her family.
"We are all humans, we all have busy minds, and we all go through things that we have no control over sometimes."
Contreras wasn't home at the time of the incident and he can't say much about the case, but he does say he knows for certain that Ramirez would never hurt their daughters.
"She was the most loving little girl in the world; her eyes will forever be in my memory."
Ramirez is being charged with two counts of felony child abuse and has been released from jail. Contreras was also arrested Friday for an unrelated charge.
Their 3-year-old daughter is now in the custody of the Department of Child Services.
Contreras says he will continue to fight to get his family back together. The family is struggling to get funds together for a funeral.