Man who pleaded guilty to murdering girlfriend’s baby learns sentence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man who beat his girlfriend’s young son to death will spend more than two decades behind bars.

Albuquerque police say 14-month-old Jayden was killed last year by Jorge Ortega.

Investigators say the 29-year-old was dating the baby’s mother. He called her home to their apartment near Central and Wyoming, saying Jayden was unresponsive.

According to a criminal complaint, when mom arrived the boy had bruises on his stomach and head and was already dead.

Last month, Ortega pleaded guilty to charges including second degree murder.

In court Friday, Ortega’s attorney called the crime a lapse in judgement. The judge did not agree with him.

“This was not a child that was struck once or even twice. I’m not a doctor, but I can tell from what I saw in that video and the injuries that what this child had was a beating. This was not a lapse in judgement,” District Court Judge Cindy Leos said.

Ortega was sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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