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Man charged with child abuse
ESPAñOLA — Authorities in Rio Arriba County said a 24-year-old man is suspected of abusing and sexually assaulting a 17-month-old girl in his girlfriend’s home outside of Española.
KRQE-TV reports that Nathan Montoya was arrested Tuesday and charged with child abuse resulting in death. Montoya has been convicted of molesting a teenager in the past.
Sheriff’s deputies said Montoya called 911 to report that the child was not breathing, and paramedics who arrived found the girl with serious head injuries.
KRQE reports that doctors at the hospital say the girl had been sexually assaulted.
Investigators do not know the whereabouts of the girl’s parents.
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