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6:45am — Melrose Man Gets 12 Years in Child-Abuse Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 26-year-old pleaded guilty to injuring 3-month-old baby girl in March 2009.

Phillip Holmes, 26, of Melrose, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree child abuse and was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison, the Clovis News Journal reported.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said in a news release that Melrose police responded to a March 5, 2009 report from Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis that a 3-month-old girl had arrived at the hospital with two broken arms and multiple areas of bruising, the News Journal said.

Holmes at first told police that his daughter was injured when she fell off a bed and was attacked by a pit bull puppy at the family’s home, but as the investigation continued, Holmes changed his story to say he had accidentally dropped the child, the news release said.

Both of Holmes’ stories proved to be inconsistent with the child’s injuries and the doctors’ examinations, according to the news release.


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As part of the sentence ordered by state District Judge Stephen Quinn, Holmes will face an additional two years of intensive supervised probation after he completes his prison sentence, and must participate in counseling while he is incarcerated and continue counseling as a condition of his parole, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.