ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico man was sentenced to 30 years in prison and must register as a sex offender after he was convicted in the rape and death of his girlfriend’s 4-month-old daughter.

Elijah Fernandez was sentenced on Thursday in Albuquerque after pleading guilty in September to rape and reckless child abuse resulting in death.

Police say Izabellah Montano died at the hospital in February 2014 from severe brain damage and injuries consistent with rape.

Fernandez, who was 19 at the time, was watching the baby for the mother. Police say he had been with the mother for about seven months and periodically cared for the child.

The newspaper could not reach Fernandez’s attorney for comment on Thursday.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com