4-month-old dies from alleged abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 4-month-old baby who was sexually assaulted and abused earlier this month has died.

Elijah Fernandez is now charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Investigators say Fernandez was watching his girlfriend’s daughter the night of February 7 when she stopped breathing.

Doctors found evidence of sexual assault.

Police say Fernandez told detectives he hit the baby because he was stressed.

CYFD says the family was referred to the agency three times.

The mother told police she was at a relative’s home when the abuse happened.

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