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Police: Abused 4-month-old New Mexico girl dies

February 24, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man accused of beating and raping his girlfriend’s 4-month-old daughter will face more serious charges now that the infant has died, police said Monday.

The child died Sunday after spending two weeks on life support. Doctors determined she had suffered brain damage. The child was found with bruises and red marks on her face after authorities responded to the family’s home Feb. 7.

Authorities arrested Elijah Fernandez, 19, earlier this month on charges of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and aggravated criminal sexual penetration.

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