Man sentenced to 30 years for abuse of toddler

Child’s mother to spend six years in prison for keeping daughter in dangerous situation

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Posted 6/5/18

A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for inflicting a series of violent and traumatic injuries on his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, according to a news release from the First …

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Man sentenced to 30 years for abuse of toddler

Child’s mother to spend six years in prison for keeping daughter in dangerous situation

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A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for inflicting a series of violent and traumatic injuries on his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, according to a news release from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Joshua James Gonzales was found guilty of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury following his April trial, during which a Jefferson County jury deliberated for just three hours before returning the verdict, the release said.

The girl’s mother, Melissa Mangeri, will spend six years in prison after she pleaded guilty in February to child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury for allowing her child to be placed in a situation that posed a threat of injury, the release said.

Gonzales was in a relationship with Mangeri for four months and was staying at her house in Lakewood. The abuse began in mid-June 2017, the release says, and the most critical of the injuries were inflicted following a toileting incident on Sept. 14, 2017. Gonzales repeatedly slapped, punched, and kicked the toddler, the release said. When she became non-responsive, Gonzales and Mangeri took her from the house, but did not immediately take her to the hospital, the release said.

Ultimately, 911 was called and the child was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with extensive, severe bruising over the majority of her body, pulmonary contusions, brain bleeding, seizures, hemorrhagic shock, a severely lacerated liver, and healing and acute rib fractures, according to the news release.

Gonzales was sentenced May 31, while Mangeri learned of her sentence May 30.

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