4-month-old baby dies after alleged abuse, sexual assault

Posted at: 02/24/2014 10:16 AM
Updated at: 02/24/2014 1:17 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

A four-month-old baby who police said was abused and sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend has died.

According to Albuquerque police, baby Izabellah died on Sunday after two weeks on life support for brain damage and trauma injuries.

Police said 19-year-old Elijah Fernandez was likely on drugs when he abused the child. Izabellah was left in Fernandez's care while her mother, Angelique Montano, went out to do laundry.

Police said Fernandez admitted to slapping the child because she was crying. A nurse also evaluated the infant and found evidence of sexual assault.

Fernandez was arrested and charged in the case on Feb. 8. He now faces a charge of child abuse resulting in death.