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Man pleads not guilty in infant's abuse death

Updated: 03/07/2014 12:57 PM | Created: 03/07/2014 8:15 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A district court judge told a man accused of abusing and ultimately killing a 4-month-old baby that he was a "danger to the community" during his arraignment Friday morning.

Elijah Fernandez, 19, faces several charges, including aggravated criminal sexual penetration and child abuse resulting in death. He pleaded not guilty.

The judge set Fernandez's bond at $150,000 cash only. If he posts bond, he must go to pretrial services and is not allowed to be near anyone 18 years old or younger.

Last month, officers responded to an apartment where baby Izabellah lived with her mom, Angelique Montano. That day, Montano had left the baby with her boyfriend, Fernandez, so she could do laundry.

When Montano got back, the baby had injuries to her head and face.

Fernandez told police, at first, that the injuries were from the crib. But police say he later admitted to slapping Izabellah because she was crying.

A nurse examiner evaluated the infant and discovered that the baby was also sexually assaulted.

Investigators believe Fernandez was on Spice when he abused her.

Izabellah was put on life support and died three weeks after the incident.

Izabellah, 4 months old, died from trauma injuries on Feb. 23.
Elijah Fernandez, 19, is charged with child abuse resulting in death.

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