Suspect in infant death bit, bruised child in 2013

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - The man accused of fatally striking a baby in a Fort Collins apartment Thursday is serving parole for a similar attack in 2013.

Police say Juan Canales-Hernandez, 24, confessed Thursday to fatally striking his girlfriend's infant daughter with a chair while he was watching her. Eleven-month-old RaeLynn Martinez died Friday at a Denver-area hospital.

Canales-Hernandez is being held without bond in the Larimer County jail on allegations of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and parole revocation. Formal criminal charges are pending, and his first appearance in court is scheduled for Friday.

Details of his Thursday arrest mirror those of a 2013 case for which he pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class 4 felony. That attack left a child also unrelated to Canales-Hernandez suffering a broken arm, a torn pancreas, hundreds of bruises and several bite marks.

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