Sergio Turrubiates Jr., 19 (now 20), of Olivia, Minnesota was arrested after the death of 19-month-old Tiana Moore.
Sergio reportedly had been watching the child at an apartment that he recently had moved into with the child and her mother, Tina. The ambulance was called about 40 minutes after the mother returned from work and the child was unresponsive and had thrown up. Sergio reported that he was pulling the child around the apartment on a blanket and she had hit her head, he stated he was bouncing her on the bed and she struck her head on the end table but did not cry and was not acting unusually. At one point he reported to law enforcement that he began to shake Tiana but it was “not his hardest”.
The family said when they saw the little girl right after she was taken to the hospital, she had bruises up and down the entire right side of her body. She was found unresponsive on her family’s apartment on Dec. 22nd. She has injuries so sever she needed immediate medical attention.
Friends say Baby Tiana was alone with Sergio that afternoon. They do not know what could have driven him to such an extreme as to hurt the little girl and eventually kill her.
The autopsy has revealed a number of bruises on the child forehead and a large fracture at the base of her skull. The neurosurgeon that operated on Tiana stated that a significant amount of force would be required to cause the fracture and related injuries, more than the force of a child falling as the defendant indicated to police.
When Sergio made his first court appearance for the baby’s death, he was attacked by two people after entering the courtroom. Both attackers were tackled by law officers.
Sergio has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder.
She was her mother’s joy.
“And Tina loved that baby so much. That baby is Tina’s life.”
Sergio’s bail was set at $2 million with no conditions. The maximum sentence is 40 years in prison.
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