Aggravating Factors In Baby Murder 10 Feb 12

A Renville County Judge ruled this week that there were aggravating factors present in the murder of an 18-month-old girl in Olivia in December of 2010. Those factors allow for a stiffer sentence than called for in state guidelines. 21-year-old Sergio Turrubiates Jr of Olivia pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder without intent, child endangerment, two weeks ago for the death of his girlfriend’s daughter. Tiana Moore died of traumatic head injuries two days after Turribiates had been caring for the child, and the death was ruled a homicide. He initially claimed that she had hit her head while he was playing with her, but later admitted to shaking her and knocking a tv onto her, and then doing nothing to treat her injuries. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30th, and because of the aggravating factors he faces up to 20 years in prison. The mother the victim reportedly agreed to the plea agreement.