POSTED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 9:17pm
Las Cruces — Police are now investigating the murder of a baby in Las Cruces. Twenty-one month old Mariano Hernadez died back on April 22nd in an El Paso hospital. Authorities initially believed he died after choking on a piece of candy. A caretaker told police he had to forcefully pat the back and chest of the baby to remove the candy, and accidentally hurt the child in the process. The baby's skull and several ribs were fractured. Hernandez later died from those injuries. However, the New Mexico medical investigator's office now says believes it was not an accident. Las Cruces police were unavailable for comment.