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Posted on: April 17, 2018

Jury Finds Joshua Gonzales Guilty of Child Abuse of Toddler

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A Jefferson County jury deliberated just three hours before returning a guilty verdict in the case against Joshua James Gonzales, DOB: 10-24-95, for abuse of his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter. The jury found Gonzales guilty of Child Abuse resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (F3).

On September 14, 2017 first responders were called to the area of W. Harvard and S. Tennyson where Melissa Mangeri (DOB: 9-14-89) sat in the grass holding her daughter who was unresponsive and who had suffered life-threatening injuries.

The child was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with extensive, severe bruising to the majority of her body; pulmonary contusions; brain bleeding; seizures; hemorrhagic shock; a severely lacerated liver; and healing and acute rib fractures.

The jury heard testimony that Gonzales, who was a boxer, had been in a relationship with Ms. Mangeri for four months and was staying with her at her house in Lakewood. Gonzales was responsible for a pattern of abuse of the child starting in mid-June, 2017, which included the child being hospitalized in August. The most critical injuries were inflicted on September 14, following a toileting incident. Gonzales repeatedly slapped, punched, and kicked the toddler. Gonzales and Ms. Mangeri left the house with the unresponsive child but did not drive her to a hospital.

Ms. Mangeri pled guilty to Child Abuse resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (F4) on February 21, 2018 for permitting her child to unreasonably placed in a situation that posed a threat of injury. Ms. Mangeri was present during one or more of the assaults on the child and failed to seek assistance. She is set to be sentenced on May 17 and could face from two to eight years in prison.

Gonzales will be sentenced on May 31, at 2:00 p.m. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of from 10-32 years.

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