Waco man sentenced to 244 years in jail after he raped his newborn baby during a meth binge
Patricio Medina is likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a McLennan County jury sentenced him Thursday.
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A meth addict from Texas was sentenced to 244 years in prison after he raped his newborn baby during an ice binge. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, 27-year-old Patricio Medina admitted to a fellow prisoner that he sexually abused his daughter in 2014.
During a two-day trial that commenced Tuesday, the inmate testified to Medina's admission, resulting in three 80-year sentences for the sex offender. He was convicted on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than six, two counts of injury to a child, and two counts of endangering a child, Daily Mail reports.
Law enforcement authorities received reports of physical abuse on a one-month-old baby on March 14, 2014, prompting officers to raid a home on Delano Avenue in Waco. Medina admitted on their arrival that he had been smoking methamphetamine for two days.
He revealed that he squeezed his infant daughter's ribs causing them to break before shaking her. He then got upset with the mother and proceeded to crush the child's body against his with an intent to cause severe harm. A grand jury reindicted Medina on aggravated sexual assault of a child in addition to charges of injury to a child in March this year.
The jury subsequently sentenced Medina to 80 years in prison and fined him $10,000, according to the McLennan County District Attorney's office. That said, Medina will be eligible for parole only after serving the full 80 years on the first charge. On the other hand, Lisa Montoya, the child's mother, was charged with abandoning/endangering a child.
According to the affidavit, Montoya "put the child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment by not reporting the abuse to the authorities." Medina has been held in the McLennan County Jail since April 2017 on a $225,000 bond after he was first indicted in November 2015.
Prosecutor Gabrielle Massey revealed that the victim, who is now four and doing well, and her two siblings were adopted by an unrelated family. Assistant District Attorney Massey said: "The jury's verdict ensures that this toddler and all children will be safe from this predator for the next 80 years. Thanks to the work of CPS and Waco PD Crimes Against Children, the horrific first five weeks of this child's life will not prevent her from having a safe and happy future."
Jury members on Thursday were asked by prosecutors Massey and Jennifer Jenkins for a life sentence for Medina. "My question is what has he done to deserve anything less than life?" Massey asked jurors during sentencing Thursday. "What more horrific of a crime could there be for a man who is supposed to love and protect the life he brought into this world, and instead, he shatters her body in sick sexual fulfillment."
The state ruled that Medina deliberately broke his daughter's ribs and legs during the abuse, resulting in bruising all over the infant's body. According to medical authorities, the fractures in the baby's body were found to be in different stages of healing, indicating that the brutal abuse had continued for several weeks. "All that baby needed was love and safety. The man that was supposed to give that to her instead taught her the true horrors of the world," Massey said. "Thank God he did not kill her tiny body, but he killed her soul." The young toddler had endured "a living hell" at the hands of Medina, Massey said.