Albuquerque mother convicted in death of 2-year-old son

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Prosecutors say an Albuquerque woman faces a mandatory 18-year prison term after being convicted for her role in the 2011 beating death of her 2-year-old son.

The District Attorney’s Office says Elizabeth Martinez was convicted Wednesday of recklessly causing child abuse resulting in the death of a child under 12.

Martinez’s boyfriend, Dominic Howe, previously pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and was sentenced to life in prison.

Howe had called 911 and reported that the boy had drowned in the bathtub, but authorities determined that the boy had multiple bruises, burns and internal injuries.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Howe later acknowledged throwing the boy, burning him, running him over with a vacuum and hitting the child several times.

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