LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Marcus Minnick will serve three years in prison after investigators say he admitted to shaking his seven-week-old daughter who died. Minnick, and the child’s mother, Caricia Ceballos were found responsible for the death of baby Mattie in 2019.

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Investigators say he admitted to shaking the baby after having work-related problems and knee pain saying he thought she was quote “having a tantrum” before violently shaking her. He pled no contest to reckless child abuse and today was sentenced to three years in prison. Ceballos was sentenced to 12 years after a jury found her guilty last year.