Nebraska, an eight month
old baby girl was taken off of life support on January 9, 2009. Tatina
Riveria suffered terribly at the hands of her father who
beat her so
violently, that she was placed on life support.
happy child who
only seemed to have a cold on the day she was beaten to death
Tatina's mother had gone to night class and left her in the
care of this
man. By 9:00 that evening, she would be fighting for her life, a
was called to
the home of Augustine Rubio who said his baby daughter was not
Paramedics rushed her to the hospital where it was discovered
that she had
three fractures in her skull, that was January 8, 2009. Augustine
and charged with felony child abuse. The charge was later upgraded to
after she was taken off of life support and died. I was also later
that Augustine was NOT Tatina's father.
determined that Tatina
had been shaken and thrown against what is described as a
A judge decided that Augustine, who was 28 years
old at the
stand trial on the charged of felony child abuse resulting in
Rubio was booked at the Douglas County
of Corrections for felony child abuse resulting in death. Augustine was
being held on ONLY $50,000. bond, which meant that if he
up with $50,000., he could be walking the streets
who had been
to their home earlier said that Tatina had been happy, was
smiling and had
been crawling backwards. Tatina's maternal grandmother
had also stopped
by and said that though she seemed to be a bit
a cold, Tatina had seemed fine to her. Only about 90 minutes later,
would be running to a neighbors house asking them to call 911.
police he had
given Tatina some Tylenol for her cold and that she had gone
after that. later in the investigation, police informed him that test
fractures. Augustine then claimed that she had fallen off of the
before he called 911. At the home, police had found a mattress
on the floor
which was no higher than 14 inches tall. This would not have
enough for the Tatina to suffer the injuries that she had in her
her eyes, according to the doctors.
argue that police had no evidence that a child had been abused to
death by her
murderer. Police testified that doctors were positive that
in grave condition soon after her injuries.
2011, Augustine Rubio was sentenced By District Judge Russell Bowie to
serve 22 to 25 years in
prison for what he did to Tatina. With the time he has already served,
he could do as little as 8 1/2 years. The
Maximum sentence for what he did is life in prison, WHY DIDN'T HE GET THAT, JUDGE BOWIE?
Chief Deputy of Douglas County, Brenda Beadle was quite disappointed
with the sentence"
had expectations it would be quite a bit higher than that"
had plead no contest and showed no remorse as
well as taking no blame for his actions. The only
concern he seemed to
have was that he was going to prison.
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