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Jimenez guilty of killing toddler

Erich Sommer, Tribune News Service

TRUCKEE — A Truckee man has been convicted of second-degree murder for killing his then-girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter.

Albert Jimenez Jr., 29, was convicted Wednesday in Nevada County Superior Court. The charges included felony child abuse resulting in great bodily injury and assault on a child under 8 causing death.

Sentencing is set for June 10 by Superior Court Judge Ersel Edwards. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson said Jimenez faces 50 years to life in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Fred Holmes said he hoped the conviction would provide some respite to the family and law enforcement officials handling the case.

“A lot of people in law enforcement in Truckee have been living with this case for over a year, and we are as happy as the family is that the verdict came in the way it did,” Holmes said.

Holmes said even child abuse medical experts who testified during the trial were surprised at the extent of the abuse.

“Two medical experts that testified said that it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen, and one of them had been in the field for over 20 years,” he said.

Jimenez was the boyfriend of Kylie Ann Kirbis-Fernhoff’s mother. On April 3, 2001, Nevada County sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency medical call at a Truckee apartment.

When deputies arrived, Jimenez told them Kylie was choking on a cracker. He said he tried the Heimlich maneuver but wasn’t sure if he performed it correctly.

Detectives later determined Kylie’s injuries were much more severe. Jimenez was arrested shortly after the child died the next day at Washoe Medical Center after being taken off life support.

Last August, forensic pathologist Dr. Ellen Clark testified at a preliminary hearing that Kylie died of physical abuse that, in her opinion, constituted torture.

Clark, who performed Kylie’s autopsy, said she found extensive internal and external injuries, including bruises and burns on the skin, severe internal bleeding in the stomach, liver injuries and at least five cracked ribs.

Clark said the abuse had occurred over a period of “at least 10 days, maybe weeks, or even months.”

Jimenez served more than two years in prison on a prior conviction of felony child abuse in Sacramento County in 1994.

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