Joshua James Gonzales, DOB: 10-24-95, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for inflicting a series of violent and traumatic injuries on his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter.
Following trial in April, a Jefferson County jury deliberated just three hours before returning a guilty verdict. They found Gonzales guilty of Child Abuse resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (F3).
In September, 2017 Gonzales had been in a relationship with the child’s mother, Melissa Mangeri, for four months and was staying with her at her house in Lakewood. Gonzales’ abuse of the child began in mid-June, 2017. The most critical injuries were inflicted following a toileting incident on September 14, 2017. Gonzales repeatedly slapped, punched, and kicked the toddler. When she became non-responsive they took her from the house, but did not immediately take her to the hospital.
Ultimately, 911 was called and 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.
Ms. Mangeri pled guilty to Child Abuse resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (F4) in February, 2018 for permitting her child to unreasonably placed in a situation that posed a threat of injury. She was present during one or more of the assaults on the child and failed to seek assistance. She was sentenced on May 30 to six years in prison.