- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - A 23-year-old Fort Wingate man is charged in the death of his 2-year-old nephew, who was jabbed and shoved after wetting his pants.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office investigators said in a probable cause statement that Fernando Mariano said he jabbed Joel Jim on Friday with a stick multiple times and then shoved him, causing the boy to hit his head on a toy box.

According to the Gallup Independent (https://bit.ly/1jl8YBA ), an investigator said preliminary reports from the Office of the Medical Investigator said the boy suffered extensive blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Mariano was initially charged with child abuse but prosecutor Laura Horton said the District Attorney’s Office plans to file an amended complaint charging Mariano with child abuse resulting in death.

Mariano does not have an attorney.

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