Jury finds man guilty in Colorado infant's 2016 death

Posted at 10:05 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 12:05:50-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A jury has found a 25-year-old man guilty in the death of a northern Colorado infant.

The Coloradoan reports that Juan Canales-Hernandez was accused of fatally hitting 11-month-old RaeLynn Martinez in 2016.

Martinez was the daughter of Canales-Hernandez's then-girlfriend, Alexa Coria.

Prosecutors say Martinez died two days after Canales-Hernandez threw a 17-pound (8-kilogram) chair at her.

Canales-Hernandez's defense argued that baby's injuries were instead indicative of shaken baby syndrome caused after Coria become frustrated.

On Tuesday, the jury found Canales-Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder, child abuse and two other charges.

He is facing a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Canales-Hernandez will be formally sentenced on Thursday.

Coria was sentenced to five years of community corrections in May after pleading guilty to lying to police about the baby's death.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,