A Texas man convicted of raping his 1-month-old daughter, who suffered 45 broken bones and other injuries due to the assault, was sentenced to 244 years in prison Thursday.
Patricio Medina, 27, of Waco, confessed to a fellow inmate that he sexually assaulted the infant while high on methamphetamine, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports, citing the man’s trial.
During a routine five-week checkup in March 2014, a doctor discovered the baby’s horrific injuries, according to KWTX. Medical staff subsequently alerted authorities, and Medina was eventually arrested in April 2017.
During a two-day trial, prosecutors told jury members that the infant’s first weeks alive were a “living hell” due to Medina’s violence.
“From the outside, the house looks like a normal house, but once you walked inside the doors it was nothing but a living hell for that baby for the first five weeks of her life,” prosecutor Gabrielle Massey reportedly told jurors during closing arguments.
Medina was found guilty of five charges, including aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was ultimately handed down a 244-year-sentence, and is required to serve a full 80 years behind bars for the sexual assault charge.
“The jury’s verdict ensures that this toddler and all children will be safe from this predator for the next 80 years,” Massey stated. “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.”
Massey said an unrelated family adopted the victim, along with her two siblings. .
The now 4-year-old girl is doing well, she said.
The baby’s mother, Lisa Montoya, also testified during court proceedings. She previously pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering a child.
[Feature photo: Patricio Medina/McLennan County Jail]