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Jimenez has prior record of child abuse: suspect in death of 1-year-old arraigned

Albert Jimenez Jr., arraigned Friday in Truckee for the alleged murder of one-year-old Kylie Ann Kirbis-Fernhoff, has prior felony convictions for child abuse, authorities have announced.

Jimenez was sentenced to five years in a California state prison after he was convicted of felony child abuse on Oct. 31, 1994, in Sacramento County. He was 22 years old at the time.

He was released on parole Feb. 18, 1997. Two parole violations later led Jimenez back to prison for approximately 10 additional months.

His last release from prison was on Oct. 1, 2000. He was discharged from the California Department of Corrections supervision about four months ago.

Prior felony convictions could increase the sentence for child abuse by several years.

“If the previous child abuse charge is the result of a strike (against a child), the sentence could double,” Frederick T. Holmes, deputy district attorney, said prior to the arraignment at Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee.

“Under California law he could get 50 years to life, and that is even without the charge of murder.”

Jimenez was charged with one felony count of open murder and three felony counts of child abuse.

Judge C. Anders Holmer said the charge of murder will be refined later.

On April 3, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a child choking. After transporting the unconscious victim to Tahoe Forest Hospital and conducting initial investigations, authorities noticed that several bruises and marks on the child did not match testimony provided by Jimenez.

Jimenez, the mother’s boyfriend, had said the child choked on a cracker.

Authorities later determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

“Pending the results of the autopsy no further decisions will be made, but as of this time, nothing has been ruled out,” Holmes said.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gary Jacobson said authorities are still slowly and methodically investigating the death of Kylie Ann.

“I met with – along with Alison Schwedner from Tahoe Women’s Services – the victim’s family,” said Rodney R. Gillespie, project coordinator with Nevada County’s Victim/Witness Assistance Center. “I think they are still in shock from the course of events … The whole family is pretty devastated.”

In a letter to the editor submitted this week to the Sierra Sun, the families thanked the community for their support following Kylie Ann’s death.

“We were truly touched by all of the kind words and support extended to us during our recent loss,” the families wrote. “As Kylie’s grandfather said, ‘that little girl taught me more in one year than I will ever learn in a lifetime.'”

A memorial fund has been started in Kylie’s name.

“Kylie’s mom would like all proceeds to go to a local child abuse and/or child program in the Truckee area,” said family spokeswoman Mona Andersen. “Who knows, maybe they will start their own Kylie Foundation for children. It is so important to keep Kylie’s smile alive.”

Donations may be sent to Bank of the West Trust Fund, Kylie Ann Fernhoff, Account No. 240062364.

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