- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors say an Albuquerque man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in April 2011.

The District Attorney’s Office says Dominic Howe pleaded guilty Wednesday to child abuse resulting in death in the 2011 death of the son of Elizabeth Martinez.

Howe had called 911 and reported that the boy had drowned in the bathtub, but authorities determined that the boy had multiple bruises, burns and internal injuries.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Howe later acknowledged throwing the boy, burning him, running him over with a vacuum and hitting the child several times.

Martinez awaits trial in the case.

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