A man who was reportedly arrested in February of 2010 for abusing his 3-month old son has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Andrew Mendoza's son died following the abuse. He was originally charged with murder, among other charges. In September of 2011, he reportedly pleaded guilty to five counts of child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm and one count of child abuse and neglect.
The child's mother, Ashley Silverberg, was reportedly visiting family in Arizona when Mendoza was arrested.
At the time, Mendoza reportedly told police the boy's injuries, which included several bruises and internal bleeding, came after he fell while holding the child in the shower. However, police became suspicious immediately when they noticed the child was dry after authorities arrived at Mendoza's home. Bite marks on the child's body also appeared to come from an adult, police said.
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