PROVIDENCE — Former Pawtucket resident Emanuel G. Baptista was found guilty Tuesday by a Providence County Superior Court jury of child molestation and child abuse charges in which the victim was a four-month-old girl.
The jury declared the 21-year-old Baptista guilty on two counts of first degree child molestation and two counts of first degree child abuse stemming from the 2009 case. The jury deliberated for four days and concluded after a six-day trial that was presided over by Superior Court Justice Netti Vogel, according to a press release from Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
Baptista is accused of molesting and abusing the baby girl who was left in his care in August 2009 in an apartment on Carter Avenue in Pawtucket. The baby's mother sought medical attention for the four-month-old after it was reported to her by the defendant, Baptista, that she had choked on a baby wipe earlier in the day.
The baby girl was treated at Hasbro Children's Hospital and later by a nurse practitioner. The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) was informed of the abuse, according to the press release.
A medical exam of the baby revealed bruises to the child's cheek, lips and tongue, a torn frenulum, abrasions to her pallet in the back of the throat, and an inflamed throat. The exam also revealed significant injury to her vaginal area and X-rays showed 10 broken ribs and fractures to both arms.
When questioned by the Pawtucket Police, Baptista admitted to molesting and abusing the child, according to the press release..
Baptista has been held at the ACI since his arrest in August 2009.
The penalty for first-degree child molestation carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The charge of first-degree child abuse carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, with a minimum mandatory 10 years to serve.