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Izabellah Montano

October 15, 2013 - February 23, 2014

Angelique Montano left her boyfriend, Elijah Fernandez, with her daughter while she went to do laundry. Elijah and Angelique had been dating since August of 2013 and on February 7, 2014, the day she went to laundry, she expected to be gone for about 30 minutes. Angelique got a phone call from her mother telling her that Elijah had dropped Izabellah and she needed to get home.

Izabellah's grandfather started doing CPR on her in an attempt to save her life after seeing her laying lifeless on the bed. I applaud his efforts, however, CPR should not be done on a bed, it should always be done on a hard surface whenever possible. When Police arrived, they took over for him. Police lapel cameras show what happened and while they do not capture sound, they did show how chaotic things became while Police tried to help Izabellah. Family members moved to the downstairs of the home to allow Police to do their work, they waited to hear what was going  on. A defibrillator was used on her as well as CPR in an attempt to save her, she was eventually taken to the hospital.

The video shows that Angelique and Elijah were questioned by Police and that is when Elijah told Police that he had gone to get some diapers and she rolled off of the bed. Angelique seemed to think it could be true:

"She moves a lot. She really does move a lot"

Angelique said she had no reason to believe that her boyfriend would do anything to harm her daughter.   Izabellah's grandmother told Police that she was not even able to roll over by herself and that Angelique had told her about the bruises on Izabellah's face had come from the being in her crib. In the video, Elijah is seen sitting in an area away from the rest of the family, bent over,  holding his head in his hands.

Elijah Fernandez, who was 19 years old at the time was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting Izabellah. Bail was set for $100,000. in his first appearance before the judge. Elijah admitted to police that he had slapped Izabellah, but Police say there was so much trauma to her genitalia that they were sure he had sexually assaulted the four month old baby. Izabellah had injuries to her head and face as well as the sexual trauma.

Izabellah was taken to the hospital and put on life support and Angelique was hopeful that her life would be saved:

"She is on it because that is what is helping her stay alive and stay with us. There are
a lot of things going on right now and I can't understand it. If I just waited to laundry,
stupid laundry, until the next morning none of this would have never happened, my
daughter would've been okay. I do blame myself because it's not like I sat there
and let him do it, or  I know it was going to happen"


A neighbor and one man who said he knows Elijah had this to say:

"I just can't believe that anyone could do something like that to such an innocent person"
Jonathan H.

"I kind of knew the guy and I didn't know he was like that or nothing but I guess at the same
time, he kind of put off a weird vibe, you know"
Dylan G.

Angelique said that she and Elijah had both smoked Spice in the past, but had stopped at some point though Elijah had recently started smoking it again:

"When he was on probation that's when he started smoking it, but he just recently started
smoking again. I'm trying to figure out it that's what triggered him to doing this or it if it was
something else that I didn't know about. He's quiet, he doesn't even talk to me"

Angelique said that she had never seen any signs that he was abusing her daughter up to this point adding that bruises on her face were something that happened while she was in her crib:

"I don't know what triggered him to do something like this to an innocent baby. She doesn't know
what's going on and she's helpless"

The Children, Youth And Families Department had been a part of the lives of these people since the birth of Izabellah who tested positive for THC, which is a component of Marijuana.  There were two more visits from CYFD, one because someone reported that Izabellah was underweight and the other because she missed a Dr. appointment, however, Angelique said that she was in the process of rescheduling with a new Doctor.

Angelique's son was removed from the home and placed with his biological father and she said she had not seen or talked to Elijah:

"I haven't talked to Elijah. I would ask, I don't know why, why, why would you do this to my daughter?
He told me that if anybody hurt me he would kill them. So why is he still alive? Why did he hurt my
little girl why did he tough her? I just want to know why he did it"


Elijah eventually said that he had slapped Izabellah on the face because she wouldn't stop crying, though it had already been determined by a sexual assault Nurse that she had been sexually abused. Izabellah died and In a television interview, Officer Simon Drobik said that the details of what happened to Izabellah were so graphic that he would not be able to say them on air:

"That baby, because of the trauma to her body, was rushed to the hospital right away
and a full investigation was launched. I literally cannot explain to you what happened
because it was so graphic you will not be
able to air the charges"

It was suspected that Elijah was high when the abuse happened and though he was saying she fell off of the bed, Police knew it wasn't what had happened:

"We realized because of the trauma to the baby, that that is not what happened or transpired"
Simon Drobik

Izabellah died after being on life support for two weeks and when she died, the charge against Elijah was added to and he was then facing a charge of abuse resulting in death. It wasn't yet determined if Angelique would be facing any charges in the death of her daughter.

Below is part of the arrest information:

Warrant Comment:  GRAND JURY INDICTMENT; AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL PENETRATION 1ST DEGREE (CHILD UNDER 13) 0 F1S; ABUSE OF A CHILD - INTENTIONAL (RESULTING IN DEATH) 30-06-01(D) F1; ABUSE OF A CHILD - NEGLIGENTLY CAUSED (RESULTING IN DEATH) 30-06-01(D) F1

This page was created on June 25, 2014
Death occurred in the state of New Mexico

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