Updated: 02/10/2014 1:45 AM |
Created: 02/09/2014 11:20 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The 19-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a four-month-old infant faced a judge on Sunday.
Elijah Fernandez admitted to police that he slapped the baby, but because the baby had so many traumas to her private areas police suspect he did so much more to her.
A judge set Fernandez’s bond at $100,000
Angelique Montano looked down at a picture of her baby, Izabellah, in hopes she could one day hold her again.
Izabellah is on life support
“She is on it because that is what is helping her stay alive and stay with us,” Montano said.
The four-month-old has injuries to the head, face and signs of physical and sexual abuse.
Montano takes KOB Eyewitness News 4 back to Friday night where she says she left her baby with Elijah Fernandez, a man she says she was dating since August.
She says she left for 30-minutes to go to the laundromat when she got a phone call from her mother saying Fernandez had dropped Izabellah.
“There are a lot of things going on right now and I can’t understand it," Montano said. "If I just waited to do laundry, stupid laundry, until the next morning none of this would of never happened, my daughter would've been ok. I do blame myself because it’s not like I sat there and let him do it, or I knew this was going to happen or things like that.”
The criminal complaint states Montano and Fernandez use the drug called spice.
Montano admits to trying spice but says Fernandez recently started using again.
“When he was on probation that's when he started smoking it, but he just recently started smoking again,” she said, “I’m trying to figure out if that's what triggered him to doing this or it was something else that I didn’t know about. He’s quiet he doesn’t even talk to me.”
According to the criminal complaint, Montano states the bruising on Izabellah's face came from her crib.
She says she saw no signs of child abuse prior to this.
“I don't know what triggered him to do something like this to an innocent baby,” Montano said, “She doesn't know what's going on and she's helpless.”
CYFD permitted Montano to see her daughter for the first time since her baby was hospitalized.
She says she also has not made contact with Elijah Fernandez.
“I haven’t even talked to Elijah,” she said. “I would ask, I don't know--why--why would you do this to my daughter? He told me that if anybody hurt me he would kill them. So why is he still alive? Why did he hurt my little girl why did he touch her? I just want to know why he did it.”
The other child, a two-year-old is in the biological father's care.
In the baby's four month life span, CYFD has made three visits.
One for testing positive for THC, another because the baby was underweight, and the last time was for missing a doctor’s appointment, but the mother says she was rescheduling with a different doctor.