N.M. man accused of abusing infant called a danger

March 8, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man accused of beating and raping his girlfriend’s 4-month-old daughter is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond after appearing in court Friday.

KOB-TV ( ) reports [auth] that a District Court judge told 19-year-old Elijah Fernandez that he’s a danger to the community.

Charges against Fernandez include aggravated criminal sexual penetration and child abuse resulting in death.

The child died Feb. 23 after 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.

Police said Fernandez acknowledged hitting the baby in the face because he was stressed about not having money and was angered by her crying.

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