FORT WORTH -- A jury sentenced a Fort Worth man with a history of child abuse to life in prison this week for slaying his 16-day-old son.
Armando A. Hernandez, 25, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to causing serious bodily injury to a child and the jury took less than an hour on Wednesday to sentence him to life in prison, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.
Hernandez was watching his newborn son, Giovanni, and two other young children on July 6, 2012 while his girlfriend and her mother went shopping. About 20 minutes after the women left, Hernandez called relatives and told them that Giovanni was not breathing. And then Hernandez called 911, the release said.
Emergency medical personnel transported the baby to Cook Children's Medical Center where he died. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head.
During the trial, Tarrant County prosecutors Melinda Westmoreland and Dale Smith presented evidence in state District Judge Wayne Salvant's court that Hernandez pleaded guilty to injury to a child and was sentenced to three years in prison for abusing a former girlfriend's 14-month-old son. That child suffered multiple fractures. -- Mitch Mitchell