Man convicted in death of Albuquerque boy he was babysitting

Carmina Vargas, Christopher Garcia and Lizy Portillo
Carmina Vargas, Christopher Garcia and Lizy Portillo

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A man has been convicted in the death of a 14-month-old Albuquerque boy he was babysitting last year.

Prosecutors say a 2nd District court jury Monday found Christopher Garcia guilty of child abuse resulting in death of a child under age 12.

The 30-year-old Garcia had been babysitting 14-month-old Isaac Arevalos with his wife when he said the child fell out of bed and lost consciousness on March 25, 2015.

The Albuquerque Journal reports paramedics weren’t called until the child’s mother took the boy to the home of his father.

By then, authorities say the brain damage was so severe that the baby died within two days.

Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.

Prosecutors say Garcia’s wife is scheduled to stand trial in August in the case.

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