In accordance with court documents, a father, later identified as 38-year-old Jose, has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the tragic killing of his 7-month-old daughter, Valeria.
Prosecutors disclosed that the father subjected the baby to regular and severe physical abuse, resulting in repeated fractures of her limbs, rendering her unable to defend herself or recover from these injuries.
Jose was found guilty on one count of injury to a child resulting in serious bodily injury or death, according to court records. On December 28, 2021, based on court documents, the father pulled up in front of the local county jail and sought assistance from a pair of maintenance workers.
He informed them that his infant daughter was unconscious, leading one of the workers to call 911 to report the distressing situation.
Upon arriving at the scene, first responders discovered that the baby was unresponsive and had a cold body temperature. The child was promptly transported to the hospital, but despite the efforts of medical professionals, a cardiac rhythm could never be reestablished.
Tragically, the baby was declared deceased shortly thereafter. During the post-mortem examination, the medical examiner determined that the infant had sustained bruising throughout her body and multiple fractures.
Additionally, the child exhibited numerous bruises and hemorrhages on various parts of her body, including her head, face, neck, chin, shoulder, torso, right hand, and left leg.
Forensic Pathologist Dr. Gwin conveyed to investigators that the infant’s body had reached a point where it could no longer cope with or recover from these inflicted injuries.
During questioning by investigators, the baby’s father reportedly attempted to deflect blame onto various individuals, including the child’s mother, the child’s pediatrician, her nieces and nephews, and even the baby herself.
However, medical experts subsequently revealed that the extent of the baby’s injuries required a level of force far greater than any of the father’s explanations could account for. Investigators also noted that the baby’s injuries began to manifest shortly after the mother returned to work, leaving Jose as Valeria’s sole caregiver.