Man sentenced in death of 17-month-old son

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for child abuse resulting in death after killing his 17-month-old son, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office said.

Romon Enders faced a sentence of 16 to 48 years in prison.

Enders’ child, Jayden Hernandez, was found unresponsive and not breathing when paramedics arrived to 1666 Clinton St. in Aurora on March 21, 2015.

According to investigators, the boy died of catastrophic brain injuries. He also had multiple bruises and rib fractures.

“An unbelievable amount of force was applied to this 17-month-old child and caused his death,” assistant district attorney Jess Redman said.

“These injuries can’t be explained by anything other than a high-speed car accident or a fall from a multistory building, neither of which happened in this case.”

Enders was convicted in March of one count of knowing and reckless child abuse causing death. Enders said other toddlers in the home caused the injuries by standing on Hernandez.