The mother of Adrien Sanchez told her former boyfriend Tuesday she wanted to know exactly what happened the morning of Dec. 16, 2011, when her baby boy suffered a fatal fractured skull.
Reynaldo Sanchez told investigators three different stories, Ada County prosecutors say, but none that really explained how a 3-month-old boy suffered a fractured skull, hemorrhages in the eyes and bruises on his arm, leg, and forehead.
"There is no doubt in my mind he loved Adrien. ... I just wish he would tell the truth," said Marissa Galaviz. "I don't think I'll be able to heal unless he does."
Given the opportunity to speak at his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Sanchez did not address what happened that day. He told Galaviz and his family he was sorry and would take responsibility for his actions.
"There isn't a day that goes by where I don't mourn my dead boy," said Sanchez, wearing an orange Ada County Jail uniform and shackles. "Not a day goes by where I don't think about Adrien."
Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen gave Sanchez, 20, a life sentence. He will be able to ask for parole after serving 15 years. Sanchez, in jail since late 2011, gets credit for time served.
Sanchez pleaded guilty January to first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement with Ada County prosecutors.
Prosecutors say Sanchez, who was watching the boy that morning, got angry and fatally injured him in some kind of violent attack. The Ada County coroner said the baby died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shawna Dunn told Hansen that none of Sanchez' explanations explain the boy's injuries.
Sanchez first told detectives Adrien fell out of a bouncy seat and hit his head. The second version was that Sanchez dropped the boy while giving him a bath. The third version Sanchez told detectives was that he accidentally stepped on the boy's head.
Dunn said Sanchez spent almost an hour re-arranging the inside of the house to support the bouncy seat story before telling anyone about the baby's injuries: He gave Adrien a bath, dressed him and set him next to a space heater to warm him up after he'd been injured.
"(Sanchez) took time to stage a scene before he called for help," Dunn said.
Sanchez didn't call 911, according to detectives. He called two people who lived at the home and told them the baby was hurt after falling from the baby seat. When they saw the baby's injuries, they immediately called 911.
Sanchez remained stoic throughout most of Tuesday's sentencing hearing, but was not able to look when autopsy photos of Adrien were shown on a video screen.
Sanchez's attorneys say he didn't mean to kill his son.
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