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New Mexico man gets 15-year prison term in daughter’s death

October 2, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Air Force sergeant in New Mexico man has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison in connection with the death of his infant daughter in 2007.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Peter John Zayas was sentenced Tuesday after his conviction on a charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

His wife, Sophia Zayas, was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week.

At the time of his April 2012 arrest, Peter Zayas was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base.

The couple was accused of causing the October 2007 death of their 2-month-old daughter, who suffered fractures in her skull, ribs and arms.

In his plea agreement, Peter Zayas admitted he left the child in his wife’s care despite knowing she had a history of alcohol abuse.

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